WARNING: This is disturbing…
A shooter opened fire on a crowd at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, killing three — including a 6-year-old boy — and injuring at least a dozen others.
The attack took place at 5:41 p.m. as the popular festival was wrapping up.
“Initial reports said the shooter entered the festival area from a creek area outside of Christmas Hill Park, where the festival was held,” the paper reports.
The shooter, who has been identified as a 19-year-old male (his name is withheld here per Daily Wire policy on not releasing the names of mass shooters), was killed by law enforcement minutes after opening fire.
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said they were looking for a second suspect potentially tied to the attack.
“We have one suspect that we know is (dead), and some witnesses reporting there may be a second suspect, although we don’t know if a second suspect was engaged in any shooting, or in a support role,” Smithee told reporters at a press conference.
Smithee offered no comments on a possible motive for the shooting, but described the incident as “somewhat random.”
One witness, Jack Van Breen, a singer with a band performing at the event, told the Associated Press that he heard someone yell out to the shooter, “Why are you doing this?” The shooter, said Van Breen, replied, “Because I’m really angry.”
Among those killed was a 6-year-old boy, Steven Romero, whose mother, Christine Ibanez, mourned his death in a Facebook post highlighted by CBS. “RIP little one. This should have never happened. Hug your little ones tightly tonight. Prayers to his family.”
“His mother and other family members were also injured in today’s shooting, being treated at the same hospital,” NBC News’ Rob Mayeda reports.
This is Steven Romero, 6 yrs old killed in today’s shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. His mother and other family members were also injured in today’s shooting, being treated at the same hospital via @janellewang @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/0HWkktGlq4
— Rob Mayeda (@RobMayeda) July 29, 2019