Gilroy chief of police Scott Smithee stressed that the popular annual family event had security, with bags being screened at the entrance, but it appears the suspect cut through a fence to gain access.
yo somebody was shooting at the gilroy garlic festival. be safe pic.twitter.com/B39ZIYe8wr
— niah ㊝ (@wavyia) July 29, 2019
The identity and motive of the shooter has not yet been confirmed, but Smithee described the shooter was acting “somewhat randomly”.
“It’s sort of a nightmare you hope you never have to live in reality,” the chief of police told crowds at a news conference.
There were reports of a second suspect being possibly involved in the shooting at least in a support role of some kind, however that has not been confirmed.
“We believed based on witness statements that there was a second individual,” Smithee explained.
Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the largest annual food festivals in the US, it takes place about 30 miles southeast of San Jose, California.