At approximately 5:30 pm local time on Sunday, police received reports of an active shooter at one of the largest food festivals in the country. The Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California – approximately 30 miles from San Jose – was closing up its third day when a gunman began “shooting in every direction,” not “aiming at anyone specifically.”
According to a report by NBC News, ambulances responded to the Gilroy Garlic Festival after receiving a call that as many as 11 people were injured in the shooting. Santa Clara County Medical Center said that it was treating two victims and that they were expecting at least three more, some of whom would be arriving by helicopter.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives also responded to the scene.
Julissa Contreras, who witnessed the shooting, said that she saw a white male in his early to mid-30s firing at the crowd with a rifle. She stated that he was “able to shoot three to four shots a second.”
“It was just rapid firing,” said Contreras. “I could see him shooting in just every direction. He wasn’t aiming at anyone specifically. It was just left to right, right to left.”
“He definitely was prepared for what he was doing,” she added.
Maximo Rocha, said he saw several people on the ground. However, he wasn’t sure how many had been shot.
He did add that “quite a few” were injured “because I helped a few.”
Gilroy police said that a reunification center was set up in parking lot B at Gavilan College.
The festival, one of the largest food events in the country, was wrapping up its third and final day when the incident occurred.
No further information has been made available, though the scene is still considered active. It is not clear whether the suspect has been identified or captured, or if the suspect is still at large.