Four people were killed and another 15 injured during the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee confirmed during a Sunday night press conference.
The suspect, whose name and age wasn’t released, was among those killed. The suspect was shot and killed by Gilroy police, Smithee said.
“There’s no information on the suspect,” he said. “That will take time.”
The shooting was reported around 5:41 p.m. on Sunday near the north side of the festival. Police were in the area and able to respond within seconds, Smithee said.
Festival-goers had to pass through metal detectors and security before getting into the park. The suspect entered the festival by cutting through a fence and was armed with a rifle-style weapon, Smithee said.
Witnesses reported seeing a second suspect, but police have not confirmed who the suspect is or what role they played in the deadly shooting.
The motive behind the shooting is unknown. However, Smithee said the shooting appears to be “random.”
The ages, names and injuries of those shot are also unknown.
The multi-agency investigation team is asking for the public’s help to track down any leads on the suspect and his possible accomplice.
Paramedics and law enforcement raced to assist multiple people shot at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Central Coast California early Sunday evening, according to reports from the scene.
Around 6:50 p.m., someone opened fire. Video taken from visitors show chaos erupt as gunfire rang out. Early reports indicate 11 people wounded, and at least one killed.
Multiple ambulances and at least three air ambulances have been dispatched to the scene, a Cal Fire website indicated.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting a law enforcement official who did not want to be identified said it was believed that the shooter was still at large nearly an hour after the initial reports of gunfire.