At least three people were killed and 15 other people injured in a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, authorities said Sunday night. A suspect was also shot and killed.
“It’s sort of a nightmare you hope you never have to live in reality,” Police Chief Scot Smithee said at a news conference.
Smithee said the suspect appeared to be shooting “somewhat randomly” and that investigators had no information on a possible motive. He said that police believed a second person may have been involved but that they didn’t know in what way.At least 11 people were transported to two hospitals in fair to critical condition after the shooting at one of the largest food festivals in the United States, said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Public Health System.
Gilroy City Council member Dion Bracco and a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told NBC News that three people had been pronounced dead.
“I would ask for the thoughts and prayers of the community as our officers continue to investigate this tragic and senseless crime,” Mayor Roland Velasco said.