Active shooter reported at food festival in California: Police

SACRAMENTO (REUTERS) – An active shooter was reported at a food festival in California on Sunday (July 28) and a police spokesman said there were casualties.

Few other details were immediately available but a police spokesman said there were casualties.

NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told 11 people “were down” after shots rang out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual event south of San Jose.

Videos posted on social media appeared to show festival attendees scattering in confusion as at least one loud popping sound was heard in the background.

“What’s going on?” a woman was heard asking in one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”

Evenny Reyes, 13, told the San Jose Mercury News that at first she thought the sound of gunfire was fireworks.

But then she saw someone with a wounded leg.

“We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandanna wrapped around his leg because he got shot,” she told the newspaper. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”

Another witness, Mr Maximo Rocha, a volunteer with the Gilroy Browns youth football team, said he saw many people on the ground, but he could not be sure how many may have been shot and how many were trying to protect themselves.

He told NBC Bay Area that “quite a few” were injured,”because I helped a few.”

Founded in 1979, the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, drink, entertainment and cooking competitions. It says it is hosted by volunteers and describes itself as the world’s greatest summer food festival.

It was being held at the outdoor Christmas Hill Park, where weapons of any kind are prohibited, according to the event’s website.

To provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere, it said, entry is refused to anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club.

Festival officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gilroy is about 48km south of San Jose.

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