Police respond to active shooter situation at California food festival (VIDEOS)

Police respond to active shooter situation at California food festival (VIDEOS) Multiple people have been injured in a mass shooting at Gilroy garlic festival, a popular annual family event in California, according to local media.

The details of the incident are scarce as authorities responding to the incident have yet to issue any official comment. Local outlets however claim that as many as 40 people might have been wounded in the shooting and the resulting stampede. 

“He came ready to shoot because he was wearing a protective vest,” one of the vendors at the festival, Michael Paz, told SF Chronicle, describing seeing at least one gunman, aged around 30, with a rapid-fire rifle. “He was shooting left; he was shooting right without any particular aim.”

Two suspects might have been involved in the shooting, law enforcement sources told KTVU news‘ Maureen Naylor, noting that one of them was neutralized but another still “outstanding.” 

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Nearly three hours after the initial incident, additional shots were heard in the area, Elissa Harrington a reporter for KTVU tweeted, noting seeing “police in full tactical gear” searching a nearby creek with dogs and helicopters flying overhead.

Police and emergency personnel responded to reports of a shooting at Gilroy‘s Christmas Hill Park at around 5:30pm. The scene was still “active” hours later, Gilroy PD confirmed in a tweet, without providing any further details.

“We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his leg because he got shot. And there were people on the ground, crying,” an alleged witness, Evenny Reyes, told San Jose Mercury news.

Footage shared online showed confusion and panic as people were running away from the food stands of extremely popular Californian gastronomy festival.

San Francisco‘s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has also been dispatched to the scene to help local law enforcement.

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