The final hours of the famed Gilroy Garlic Festival were shattered Sunday evening when a gunman with an assault rifle opened fire on the crowd, killing three people and injuring 12 others, according to officials in the bucolic California city 30 miles south of San Jose.
A 6-year-old boy was among the victims, according to NBC Bay Area.
The gunman was shot and killed minutes after the attack began, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said.
“This is one of those press conferences that you never want to give in your community,” he said. “It’s sort of a nightmare that you hope to never have to live in reality, but we find ourselves in the circumstances where we have to live it today.”
The gunman has been identified as Santino William Legan, a 19-year-old who was killed by police within minutes of opening fire, sources told the Associated Press Monday
The attack happened at 5:41 p.m. as the popular three-day festival wrapped up, leaving visitors running for their lives and police looking for a man in camouflage with a “long-barreled rifle.”
Initial reports said the shooter entered the festival area from a creek area outside of Christmas Hill Park, where the festival was held.
Smithee said the shooter used some type of tool to cut through a fence to get into the festival, avoiding the metal detectors and other security.