Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting: Gunman entered park by cutting a fence around the property, police suspect

Police Chief Scot Smithee says attendees at Sunday's garlic festival in Gilroy, California, had to go through security checkpoints with metal detectors.


                            Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting: Gunman entered park by cutting a fence around the property, police suspect

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — Police say a suspect cut through a fence to gain access to a California festival before opening fire with a rifle and killing three people.

Police Chief Scot Smithee says attendees at Sunday's garlic festival in Gilroy, California, had to go through security checkpoints with metal detectors.

Smithee says police are looking for a possible second suspect, who may have accompanied the gunman. He says a search is underway to find that person.

Smithee says investigators believe the gunman used "some sort of tool" to cut through a fence and gain access to the secure festival area.

 

The shooting occurred during the annual three-day celebration featuring food, cooking competitions and music that attracts more than 100,000 people.

The wounded from a shooting at a food festival in Northern California were taken to multiple hospitals and their conditions ranged from fair to critical.

Several of the victims from the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival were in surgery Sunday night. At least five had been treated and released, said officials from the hospitals.

Earlier Sunday, Stanford Medical Center reported having two patients from the shooting.

Spokeswoman Julie Greicius said she had no details on their injuries or conditions. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received five victims, spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She also had no information on their conditions.

Mayor Roland Velasco asked for the public's support of the investigation.

"I would ask for the thoughts and prayers of the community as our Gilroy police officers continue to investigate this tragic and senseless crime," he said.

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