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- The gunman at a Northern California food festival avoided event security by cutting through a perimeter fence, police said.
- Three people were killed in a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday, and the shooter was fatally shot by the police.
- One witness said the man was tall, thin, and wearing camouflage. Another said they heard him say he was doing it "because I’m really angry."
- A six-year-old boy was killed, his family said. Police reported that 15 people were injured, some critically. Police are also looking for a potential second suspect.
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The shooter who killed 3 people at a California garlic festival was described by a witness as a tall, thin man in camouflage, and police say he gained access to the event by cutting through a perimeter fence.
The gunman was shot dead by the police after he opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the city of Gilroy, Northern California, on Sunday.
Jane Jacobucci, who was attending the festival as a vendor, said that the shooting happened "right in front of our booth," The Associated Press reported. She described the attacker as a tall, thin young man. She said he was wearing camouflage and had a big gun.
Jacobucci said that her husband, Edward, threw her to the ground as gunfire started.
According to the Gilroy Police Department, the shooter entered the festival by cutting through its perimeter fence in order to avoid security checks including metal detectors, The Associated Press reported.
Scot Smithee, Gilroy’s police chief, said his officers are searching for a possible second suspect.
Police said on Sunday that at least 15 people were injured. Hospitals around Gilroy say that some victims are in critical condition, Reuters reported.
One father told the media that his six-year-old son was one of those killed.
Alberto Romero told NBC Bay Area that his son Steven was dead. "He had his whole life to live," he said.
Jack van Breen, the singer in Tin Man, a band performing at the festival, told The Associated Press that he and his bandmates ducked under the stage when the shooting started.
He said he heard somebody shout "Why are you doing this?" and a reply of "Because I’m really angry."
He said he saw a man wearing a green shirt using what looked like an assault rifle.
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Scot Smithee, the police chief, told the media that, so far, "we have no idea of a motive." Witnesses said that the shooter appeared to be firing randomly into the crowd.
One told Fox affiliate KTVU that the shooter "was just firing into the the biggest bunch people he could find."
Video footage captured by attendees at the event shows people running from the shooting.
Another witness, honey vendor Candice Marquez, told Fox News that the shooter was a white man who stayed "very quiet" during the attack.
The Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter: "A weekend dedicated to fun, friends & family has been tragically marked by a senseless act of violence."
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