GILROY (CBS SF) — At least three are dead, 15 are injured and hundreds of others were sent scrambling for safety Sunday after at least one gunman opened fire in Christmas Hill Park during the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
Gilroy Police tweeted at 7:30 p.m. that they were still dealing with an active shooting scene. ATF agents, officers from the San Jose Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. The Santa Clara County Coroner confirmed they have been called out to the scene.
At least three are dead, according to Gilroy City Councilman Dion Bracco.
Multiple SWAT team members from South Bay cities also responded to Gilroy in mark and unmarked vehicles.
KPIX 5 spoke with Lex Delaherran, who said he may have been hit by shrapnel.
“What happened is I was standing there walking away, I was two minutes away from the stadium where the gunman was opening fire, and all of the sudden I looked at the skies because I’m thinking it’s fireworks, and then there were more shots to follow, and all of the sudden this unknown shrapnel came flying and it struck me in the top of my forehead,” Delaherran said.
Helicopter video showed an intense search in the woodlands along a levee near the park for at least one gunman. KPIX 5 reporter Kiet Do said FBI agents were also at the scene.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Joy Alexiou says the hospital has received two victims from the shooting and expects three more. She had no information on their conditions.
At Stanford, spokeswoman Lisa Kim said they have been told to expect at least two shooting victims.
People waiting outside Regional Medical Center were awaiting word on their loved ones being treated inside. It’s unclear how many patients were being treated there that may be linked to the incident.
Evenny Reyes was among those enjoying the day at the festival when the gunfire erupted around 5:30 p.m., turning the peaceful setting to a scene of utter chaos.
“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,” Reyes told the San Jose Mercury News. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”
“It started going for five minutes, maybe three,” she continued. “It was like the movies — everyone was crying, people were screaming.”