At least three people died Sunday and another 15 were injured when a shooter opened fire at a food festival in Gilroy, California, south of San Francisco. The gunman was shot dead shortly after the start of the shooting, police said. The shooting took place during the Gilroy Garlic Festival, a town some 50 km south of San José.
“Police officers were around and spotted in less than a minute the suspect who was targeted and killed,” local police chief Scot Smithee told reporters that research was still underway to find a police officer. possible accomplice.
“The police are on the site of the gunfight in Gilroy, Calif. Reports say the gunman has not been arrested yet,” US President Donald Trump had recently tweeted.
Images from the NBC News television channel showed festival-goers running as gunshots sounded at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, one of the country’s largest food festivals.
The channel also reported the testimony of a woman, Julissa Contreras, who said she saw a white man in his thirties open fire with a rifle.
“I could see him shooting in all directions, he was not targeting anyone in particular, he was just left to right, from right to left,” NBC News quoted Julissa Contreras as saying. “He was obviously prepared for what he was doing,” she said.
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A technician, Shawn Viaggi, who was near the scene of the festival threw himself to the ground after hearing “loud bangs,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. “I shouted” It’s a real weapon, let’s get out of here, “and we hid under the stage.
“We were leaving and we saw a guy with a scarf wrapped around his leg because he was hit, and there were people on the ground crying,” said 13-year-old Evenny Reyes. San Jose Mercury News.
“There was a small injured child on the ground, people were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out,” she added.
California Governor Gavin Newsom lamented a “horrific” event. “This night, California is at Gilroy’s side, my office is following the situation closely,” he tweeted. “Acknowledging the efforts of the police and their continued work as the situation develops,” he added.
California senator Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 presidential election, lamented in a tweet a “senseless violence”.
The mayor of San José, Sam Liccardo, tweeted “Let’s pray for the lives” of those wounded during the shooting. “We will continue to support our neighbors by all means.”
The United States is regularly bereaved by such shootings. The right to possess a weapon is guaranteed in the country by the second amendment to the Constitution.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival ended Sunday.