California garlic festival shooting: Four people including gunman killed in shooting: Three people, including a six-year-old boy, were killed and at least 15 were injured, when a gunman opened fire at a food festival in northern California before being shot dead by police.
According to the police, the gunman used a rifle and entered the Gilroy garlic festival by cutting through a fence to avoid tight security, including metal detectors.
The police further added that around 15 people were wounded during the mass shooting at the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival in northern California, some of them hurt in the crush of bystanders while trying to flee.
According to the Gilroy police chief, Scot Smithee, the police reached the scene within a minute of the first shots ringing out at 5:45 p.m. and officers shot and killed the gunman moments later.
During a press conference, Scot Smithee, said, “A second suspect was involved in some way, we just don’t know in what way.” However, the police chief said the motive behind the killings remained unclear.
Footage uploaded on the social media appeared to show festival attendees scattering in fear and confusion as loud popping sounds could be heard in the background. “What’s going on?” a woman can be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”
Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday night that people in the area should “be careful and safe!” but is yet to issue further comment. On Monday morning the president was tweeting a fresh series of attacks on Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, and the city of Baltimore in his district, after picking a fight with the senior Democrat over the weekend.
And Trump aimed an attack at the civil rights activist Al Sharpton, who plans to hold a press conference in Baltimore later on Monday morning.
Founded in 1979, the festival revolves around the celebrated crop of the region, featuring garlic-inspired foods, drink, live entertainment, and cooking competitions. It is hosted by volunteers and describes itself as the world’s greatest summer food festival.