US: 3 killed, 16 injured as gunman in camouflage gear opens fire at Gilroy food festival in California
At least three people were killed and 16 others injured on Sunday in a shooting attack at an annual food festival in Northern California, sending hundreds of terrified visitors running for their lives.
One gunman was shot and eliminated by police officers, although it is unclear whether there is a second gunman at large.
Witnesses described seeing a shooter dressed in camouflage gear and spraying bullets from a semi-automatic rifle.
The popular food festival at the “Garlic Capital of the World” was about to close around 5:30 p.m. when at least one gunman opened fire.
Witnesses reported confusion and panic as shots rang out at the event in the city of 50,000 located about 80 miles southeast of San Francisco.
Videos posted on social media appeared to show festival attendees scattering in confusion as at least one loud popping sound could be heard in the background.
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said witnesses reported that a second man was somehow involved, but police were still searching for him. He said the gunman was able to circumvent the festival’s security by entering from a creek area and cutting through a fence.
The gunman was not immediately identified, and Smithee said the motive was unclear.
Details to follow