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Gunman opens fire in California food festival; several injured

File Photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team California Jul 29, 2019, 07.52 AM (IST)

A gunman opened fire at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in California in the United States with several fatalities reported during the shooting.

The shooter opened fire at the food festival which was underway in California. Founded in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, drink, live entertainment and cooking competitions. It says it is hosted by volunteers and describes itself as the world’s greatest summer food festival.

It was being held at the outdoor Christmas Hill Park, where weapons of any kind are prohibited, according to the event’s website.

To provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere, it said, entry was refused to anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club.

NBC Bay Area said ambulance crews were told 11 people were “down” after shots rang out on the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual three-day event south of San Jose.

Videos posted on social media appeared to show festival attendees scattering in confusion as at least one loud popping sound could be heard in the background.

“What’s going on?” a woman can be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”

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US authorities reacted with San Franciso agents tweeting that they were responding to the shooting at the festival in Gilroy. The motive of the attack is still unknown with the identity of the attacker still unknown.

(Inputs: Reuters)