Massacre at California Festival Leaves Four Dead, Many Others Wounded


A gunman opened fire at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday evening in Northern California, leaving four dead (including the gunman) and at least a dozen others wounded.

The rock band TinMan was wrapping up their set at 5:41 p.m. when a gunman started firing on concertgoers, many of which were families.

TinMan singer Christian Swain described the incident to CNN and said, “We ran off the stage (and) we crawled underneath it.”

“We could smell the gunpowder.”

Police, however, were able to make it to the scene in less than a minute, Fox News reported.

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Upon arrival, police engaged the shooter and he was fatally shot.

Chief of Police Scot Smithee told reporters on Sunday that the gunman was able to access the concert by cutting through a fence.

Some witnesses have described a second shooter at the event, but police have yet to confirm that those reports were accurate.

However, Smithee says that a manhunt is underway for a second gunman.

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“It’s sort of a nightmare that you hope to never have to live in reality, but we find ourselves in the circumstances where we have to live it today,” Smithee added.

A video of the incident showed several concertgoers running in panic as gunshots are heard in the background.

Michael Paz, a 72-year-old hat vendor at the festival, said the shooter came “ready to shoot.”

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“It was quite shocking, and I’m fortunate to be alive,” he told the San Fransico Chronicle. “He came ready to shoot because he was wearing a protective vest. He was shooting left; he was shooting right without any particular aim.”

While sources cite at least a dozen injured, both Fox News and The Mercury News state that at least 15 people were injured while attending the festival.

One of the tragic deaths at the concert included a young boy named Steven Romero, NBC Bay Area reported.

“My son had his whole life to live and he was only 6,” the boy’s father, Alberto Romero, told the news station.

“That’s all I can say.”

One mother described the massacre as “awful,” explaining that the shots rang out just as she had left her daughters to go find food, Mercury News reported.

“I ran to find the girls … and we basically ran into each other,” she said. “I thought, we’re open prey. It was awful.”

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Steven is a former writer for The Western Journal and has written hundreds of stories for both Western Journal and Conservative Tribune. He is a follower of Jesus, husband to an amazing wife and father to two beautiful girls.
Steven is a former writer for the Western Journal and has written dozens of stories for both Western Journal and Conservative Tribune. Steven is a native of Louisiana but has transferred to a remote desert land often referred to as Arizona. He has a beautiful wife and two amazing daughters. You can often find him hiking the Arizona landscape or serving on the worship team at his church.
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