At least 3 dead in California garlic festival shooting

By Jessie Yeung, Veronica Rocha, Joshua Berlinger and Eliza Mackintosh, CNN

Updated 4:04 p.m. ET, July 29, 2019
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9:08 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

At least 12 people injured in shooting

At least 12 people were injured in the Sunday shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, according to emergency officials.

One person was hurt and took themselves to the hospital, per Capt. Mitchell Matlow, and as a result was not included in the initial count, which reported that 11 people had been injured.

Matlow had no information on the nature and seriousness of the injuries.

Another three people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy.

8:57 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

"Who'd shoot up a garlic festival?"

Video from the Sunday shooting in Gilroy, California, showed the moment festival goers started running from the scene.

"What's going on," a woman can be heard asking. "Who'd shoot up a garlic festival?"

Three people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, at a beloved annual event in a Northern Californian community.

The suspected gunman has been identified by law enforcement, but his motive in shooting up an event attended by nearly 100,000 people each year, many of them families, is still unclear.

The video, filmed by @wavyia, has been viewed more than 1 million times since she shared it on Twitter.

8:44 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

Gilroy Mayor: "It’s been a long and sad day"

There won't be many new details coming later today in the Gilroy shooting investigation, according to the town's mayor Roland Velasco.

Velasco said there will be a press conference at 10 a.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) at the Gilroy Police Department, but “there won’t be a lot of new information."

Instead, authorities will be "setting the expectations for what the investigation will look like during the day.”

"It’s been a long and sad day," Velasco wrote in a Facebook post.

The mayor also posted a local emergency proclamation, which allows the city to request personnel, equipment and facilities while it tracks expenses that could get reimbursed by the state.

"This is critically important since we have police, fire and FBI personnel that will remain on-scene for the next few days processing the crime scene,” Velasco said.

8:24 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

Mass shootings are a "new normal" in the US

Mass shootings like the one that struck the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, have become the "new normal" in the US, James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst, said Monday.

But the retired FBI supervisory special agent said it was "extremely fortuitous" that armed law enforcement officers were on the scene swiftly and able to engage the gunman within one minute.

Mass shootings are often over in 5 to 10 minutes, with the gunman typically engaging with police or leaving the scene before authorities arrive, according to Gagliano.

The fast work by local law enforcement prevented "far more damage" from occurring, Gagliano added.

7:50 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

What we know and don't know

If you're just joining us, here's what we know, and what we don't know, about Sunday's shooting in Gilroy, Northern California.

A police officer stands guard at Gilroy High School after a deadly shooting at the nearby garlic festival Sunday.
A police officer stands guard at Gilroy High School after a deadly shooting at the nearby garlic festival Sunday.

What we know:

  • Where it happened: The shooting struck the garlic festival in Gilroy, about 30 miles from San Jose, a beloved annual event in a community known for its garlic production.
  • The suspect: Investigators have now identified the suspect, who was shot and killed by police, a law enforcement source said Monday morning. Authorities say the crime scene is still active and they are investigating the possibility of a second suspect.
  • The victims: At least three people are dead and 11 more have been injured, including a 6-year-old boy, officials say. Those injured in the incident are being treated at St. Louise Regional Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Stanford Hospital.
  • What's next: Police say the ongoing investigation will continue throughout the night, and there will be another press conference in the morning. Meanwhile, they are urging the public to phone in tips or relevant information at (408) 846 0583.

What we don't know:

  • Motive: The suspected shooter's identity has not been released publicly by authorities, nor has his motive been determined.
  • Who are the other victims? Stephen Romero, the 6-year-old "loving boy" killed in the shooting, is the only victim who has so far been identified by local authorities. Two other festivalgoers killed in the shooting have yet to be named. Limited details have been circulated about others injured in the shooting, who remain in hospital.

7:46 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

Two patients being treated at Stanford Hospital

Two patients remain at Stanford Hospital following the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, according to Julie Greicius, spokeswoman with Stanford Medicine. 

“Two patients were treated at Stanford Hospital after the incident. One was discharged late last night. Early this morning, a new patient arrived by transfer from another hospital for treatment at Stanford. We now have a total of two patients, with no further information available,” Greicius said in a statement. 

6:38 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

6-year-old killed in shooting was "loving boy"

Stephen Romero, the 6-year-old killed during the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, was a "loving boy," who will be remembered by his family as "kind" and "happy."

Stephen's grandmother, Maribel Romero, told CNN affiliate KGO-TV that she was at home when she received a call informing her that he had been shot.

By the time she was able to get to the hospital, Romero said her grandson was already dead.

She told KGO-TV he would be remembered as "always kind, happy and, you know, playful."

"I just hope there is justice and they catch the last person or the other person and that there's justice. I want justice for my grandson," she added.

According to Romero, Stephen's mother and his other grandmother were also shot in the incident. Both have been hospitalized, she said.

6:18 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

"There was blood everywhere," says eyewitness

At least three people are dead and 11 people are injured after a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, according to law enforcement and medical officials.

Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said the shooter was fatally shot by officers who engaged him within one minute of the shooting.

A manhunt is underway for a possible second suspect, but their role in the shooting is unclear. Neither the shooter nor the second suspect have been identified.

Videos from the shooting at the festival captured people screaming as they tried to escape the chaos. Witnesses described pandemonium, with people running, hiding behind tents, crawling under tables or climbing fences to escape the gunfire.

"It was frightening. There was blood everywhere. It, it was a mess. I've never seen nothing like that in my life," eyewitness Miquita Price told CNN.

5:43 a.m. ET, July 29, 2019

ATF sends condolences as investigation continues

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has shared condolences with those involved in the Gilroy shooting. Agents with ATF's San Francisco division were responding at the scene of Sunday's incident.

"We will continue to work alongside our local, state and federal partners throughout the investigation," ATF San Francisco said on Twitter.