UPDATE (7:00 a.m. ET): Police say one of the fatalities is a six-year-old boy. A manhunt is underway for a possible second suspect. Some of the wounded are listed in critical condition.
UPDATE (1:25 a.m. ET): Late Sunday night, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said in a press conference that his officers engaged the shooter in a matter of minutes, which significantly reduced the number of potential fatalities. Three are confirmed dead and cops took down the suspect, plus at least 15 people injured.
Gilroy, California — 30 miles southeast of San Jose — is reeling from a mass shooting at its famed food festival.
A gunman reportedly wearing camouflage and tactical gear opened fire Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Some media reports say at least 11 people were injured, and a local hospital was warned to expect five victims.
The Gilroy Police Department patrol the festival grounds each year. Attendees passed through metal detectors. The shooter circumvented security by cutting his way through a perimeter fence to gain access into the grounds and wildly shoot at a crowd eating at the food tents. (KGO-TV)
A witness, Julissa Contreras, told NBC that she saw a man firing a gun with “rapid firing. I could see him shooting in just every direction. He wasn’t aiming at anyone specifically … He definitely was prepared for what he was doing.”