March 9, 2021

Four dead and 15 wounded in a shooting at a festival in California (USA)

Four people died this Sunday, including the author of the shooting, and fifteen others were injured in a shooting during an outdoor food festival in Gilroy, in northern California (USA), police said.

The attack came at 17.41 local time (00.41 GMT on Monday), when a person opened fire with a rifle against several of the attendees of the Garlic Festival (Gilroy Garlic Festival), which is being held these days in the town, said the Chief of Police, Scott Smithee, at a press conference.

According to Smithee, the agents responded "in less than a minute" and managed to reduce the main suspect, although several witnesses have indicated to the Police that a second person could have been implicated in the event, a hypothesis that the authorities keep open.

At the moment, there is hardly any information on this second person and the Chief of Police could not confirm whether it actually existed and, if so, what exactly his role was, whether he was armed or not, or what his current whereabouts would be.

Smithee also indicated that the main suspect was able to access the fairgrounds – to enter which you have to go through a metal detector – cutting a protective fence and that, according to the data available at the moment, the author fired from indiscriminate form.

The Chief of Police set a new press conference with more details on the case for Monday morning, US Pacific time.

Gilroy is a mostly rural town of about 50,000 inhabitants located about 130 kilometers south of San Francisco.

Self-proclaimed "the garlic capital of the world", it is the main producer of this plant in the US and celebrates a summer festival dedicated to garlic, in which attendees can enjoy all kinds of dishes made with this seasoning.

US President Donald Trump launched an alert message about the shooting from his Twitter account, in which he asked attendees to be "prudent and safe."

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