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At Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, at least 11 shot, three dead.

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At the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, at least three people were killed in a shooting, authorities said Sunday night. There was gradual warning that a suspect was in prison.

Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Public Health System said, after the shooting at one of the largest food festivals in the United States, minimum 11 people were taken to two hospitals in fair to severe condition. Gilroy City Council member Dion Bracco and a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told that three people had been marked dead.

The San Francisco division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was reacting to the scene in Gilroy, around 30 miles southeast of San Jose. The festival was near to the end of its third and final day when the gunshots were reported at about 5:30 p.m.

Videos from the scene showed people running and screaming across the festival grounds.

A witness, Julissa Contreras, told that she saw a white man in his early to mid-30s firing a rifle that was “able to shoot three to four shots a second.”

She added, “It was just rapid firing”. “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.”

The hearts of Gilroy PD and whole community recede to the sufferers of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival. The scene can still memorize. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to the reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B. #GilroyActiveshooter

“He definitely was prepared for what he was doing,” she added.

Maximo Rocha, a volunteer with the Gilroy Browns, a Pop Warner youth football team, said he saw many people lying on the ground, although he couldn’t be sure how many may have been shot and how many may have been trying to protect themselves.

But he told that “quite a few” of them were injured in some fashion, “because I helped a few.”

Gloria Parker, another witness, told the station that she and other people began running when they heard 10 to 15 bangs that they firstly thought were firecrackers.

“There were tons of cops there,” she said.

No further information was instantly available.11 shot, three dead, at Gilroy Garlic Festival in California

There was no immediate indication that a suspect was in custody at one of the largest food

Trump and lawmakers respond to shooting

President Trump has been told on the shooting in Gilroy and claims that the shooter has yet to be detained. “Be careful and safe!” Mr. Trump wrote.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris of California and previously worked as San Francisco District Attorney, also tweeted about the shooting, calling it “simply horrific.”

California Government Gavin Newsom echoed Harris’ statement and said that the state “stands with the Gilroy community.”

FBI and ATF responds to Gilroy shooting

The ATF office in San Francisco is replying to the reported shooting, according to a tweet Sunday night. The FBI is also supporting.

Gilroy police set up reunification services

The Gilroy Police Department have set up services meant to help reunite those who were at the Garlic Festival with their loved ones, as well as a phone number and reunification center at Gavilan College in parking lot B.

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