Witnesses tell of chaotic scene at Gilroy Garlic Festival to shoot

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The shooter allegedly opened fire on a crowd gathered at the front of the stage as the band was performing at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, Claudia Cowan reports from Gavilan College.

Witnesses at the Gilroy Garlic Festival is on Sunday, when a shooting broke out on the last day of the event to a chaotic scene filled with panic and uncertainty.

The band Tin Man, it was like doing a bonus, when shots rang out.

Jack Breen, the lead singer for the Tin Man said he saw a man in a green shirt, and a grey handkerchief and put it to the back of his neck, in the area of food, he said, appeared to be an assault rifle.

Of the Academicians, who dove under the stage and the members of his band, he said, he heard somebody shout, “Why are you doing this?”


“I’m really angry,” he heard someone answer.

Evenny de los Reyes, of Gilroy, 13, said she was just about to leave for the weekend with family and friends just before the shooting took place.

De los Reyes said that they will not have to run from the scene as the gunfire sounded like fireworks. “It was like in the movies, everyone was crying, people were screaming,” she told the Mercury News.

The teenager, described seeing the shooting victim, with a bandanna around his leg.

“There was a little boy, was injured on the ground,” she added, “People were thrown on the tables, and the cutting of fences to get out.”

Natalie Martinez, a Gilroy resident, said that she had gone to get food, and to be separated from her two daughters. “I went to the ladies and … well, we went from one to the other,” she said.

“And I thought, well, we’re open prey. It was a terrible thing.”


Authorities say three people were killed and 15 were injured in the shooting. The shooter was taken out in under a minute, by the police, and was fatally shot. The federal authorities, and to assist the local police in the investigation.

Taylor Pellegrini, 25, said she had been in the vicinity of the food court with her boyfriend and two of his friends, when they heard what sounded like firecrackers.

“People were yelling” active shooter, active shooter, and some of the men stumbled upon, and stayed on the ground, so that the balls do not touch it,” she told the LA Times. “People were under the tables and all of their phones, and what they had in their hands.”

She was able to get out of the room quickly, as she and her friends were close to the exit.

Pellegrini said the security seemed to be too weak to get to the local three-day festival, which was to be her final day on Sunday. Her bag was checked at the gate, ” she said, but her friend was gone.


I’m really scared,” she said. “I’m not going anywhere anymore.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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