GILROY, California – A fun festival was cut horrifically short on the last day when an 19-year old  gunman opened fire, killing three people (including a 6-year old boy) and injuring 15 others before being shot and killed by police.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a three-day event that has been held since 1979 and draws in about 100,000 people every year.

According to NBC News, the suspect (who will not be named because he does not deserve the publicity) was wearing tactical gear and appeared to be firing “somewhat randomly,” and investigators had no information on a possible motive. There was talk of a second shooter, but investigators did know in what way the second shooter was involved.

According to PBS, the suspect had appeared to bypass the bag inspection and metal detection at the entrance by cutting through a fence that was near a creek and parking area.

The wounded went to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and St. Louise Regional Hospital after the shooting at one of the largest food festivals in the United States, said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Public Health System. Three had been released late Sunday after being treated, and the rest were in fair to critical condition, she said.

Law enforcement officials, who appeared on the scene within a minute, are waiting to inform the families before they release the names of the victims. However, one victim has already been named. Steven Romero, 6, had attended the festival with his grandmother, who was injured.

The suspect paused and appeared to reload, shooting off more than 30 rounds, according to one witness. She described the suspect as wearing a cap, sports sunglasses, and thought he could work private security because of the tactical gear he was wearing.

Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted that his office “is monitoring the law enforcement’s efforts and their continued work as this situation develops.”

After the shooting, a number of Democrat presidential candidates had called for strict gun control. The quotes are as follows:

Kamala Harris, California senator: “I just want to start by expressing my sorrow for the families of those who lost their life in that shooting in Gilroy, Calif. It just keeps happening in our country and these families are right now in deep pain. And so I just want to express my sorrow to them. I want to thank the first responders who turned out to secure the fair and the grounds and make sure no one else was harmed or exposed to harm, but it’s just tragic. There’s no other way to describe it”

Harris also tweeted 45 minutes after the shooting that “Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate.”

Joe Biden, former Vice President: “This violence is not normal. How many more families will have to lose a loved one before we fix our broken gun laws? We must take action, starting with real reform. Our thoughts are with everyone in Gilroy this evening. Enough is enough.”

Jay Inslee, Washington Governor: “We’re past ‘thoughts and prayers.’ We need immediate action, today. We need to remove from office those people who are in bed with the National Rifle Assn. I voted to ban assault weapons in 1994, knowing that I’d lose my seat if I did, and I lost my seat. But I have never regretted that vote. That was the right vote then; it’s the right vote now.”

Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senator: “Yesterday, four people were killed and dozens more injured in senseless gun violence attacks in Gilroy and Brooklyn. One of the victims was a 6-year-old child. And these are just the few that made headlines. I’m heartsick. We have a gun violence epidemic. It’s our duty to act — now.”

Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator: ” This is sickening to wake up to. Our corrupt political system, which is controlled by the gun lobby, has a lot of waking up to do. When our children are being shot in places that should be safest, we’re failing. Let’s get serious about gun control.”

Cory Booker, New Jersey Senator: “We’re still waiting on all the details from Gilroy, but my heart is already breaking for the victims and their families and the survivors. The gun violence epidemic in this country is out of control. Please be safe and take care of one another.”

Beto O’Rourke, former Texas Congressman: “Sending love to all who are hurting tonight — and all who are affected by the 40,000 gun deaths in America each year. We can accept this as our fate or we can change it. Following the lead of the students marching for their lives, and for all of ours, I know we can end this crisis.”

Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator: “One of those killed in Gilroy was Stephen Romero. ‘My son had his whole life to live and he was only 6,’ said his dad. ‘That’s all I can say.’ You see there are never adequate words to describe these tragedies. Action is needed. Gun safety laws passed. The people must be heard.”

Julian Castro, Former housing and Urban Development Secretary: “Heartbreaking news out of Gilroy, Calif., as another community copes with a mass shooting. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough — we must do more to prevent these tragic attacks.”

Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator of New York: “This weekend, families in Brooklyn, NY and in Gilroy, CA gathered for joyful annual community events. Both were devastated by shootings. My heart is with all the victims and their families. Gun violence is a national crisis. We can’t keep ignoring this.”

John Hickenlooper, former Colorado Governor: “I’m heartbroken to hear of another mass shooting — this time with a victim as young as six. Yet another assault weapon and still no leadership in Washington.”

Steve Bullock, Montana Governor: “We cannot continue to confront gun violence with empty words. No one should fear for their family’s safety when they go to a festival, to school, or to a movie. Enough.”

Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor: ” Six. Years. Old. Heartbreaking and senseless. There is no community, town or city in this country that is immune from gun violence. It is a disease that does not discriminate. We have to cut through the deflection and inertia so we can end these killings.”

Tim Ryan, Ohio Congressman: “Heart breaking for the Gilroy community. There’s no end to gun violence in our communities until we take action.”

 John Delaney, former Maryland Congressman: “Yet again, innocent lives were lost because the government failed to institute gun safety laws. We have to act now, before yet another tragedy like this happens.”

Spiritual author Marianne Williamson: “One more mass shooting: more dead, more suffering. We need universal background checks. Outlaw bump stocks, close loopholes, ban AR 15s and bullets needed to shoot them. All of us must show up now. ONLY support politicians willing to stand up to the NRA.”

Mayor Pete Buttigeg of South Bend, Indiana; Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii have not spoken about the shooting at the time of the writing.



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3 years ago

But you have to remember this was a gun free zone if someone had a gun they could have stopped some of the killings. May God bless these families that lost a love one prayer ? for all.

Michel Vezina
3 years ago

Great Job Rick. Congrats. Hope you follow this story further.

Ricky Walls
3 years ago

Good read Rick. Looking for more in the future. Keep up the great work.

3 years ago

Notice how all these shooters end up dead? Either by their own hands or eventually by the Cops?
That way, unless they’re catatonic like the Parkland shooter, we never get to know their motives or affiliations or more.

Antho Chris
3 years ago

That List looks like the List of Criminals, That need to go to jail for selling out America! Ask yourself why do they Creates these FFs? To take our Guns! Also there was chatter in the first few minutes of the Shooting that the Police Knocked him to the Ground? Then we find out he was shoot in the head!… Read more »