At least 16 shot, three killed, at garlic festival in California: reports

At least 16 people were shot at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California — three fatally, according to reports.

Sources tell NBC Bay Area that 11 victims were taken to a local hospital by ambulance and helicopter, while the others were transported in a civilian vehicle.

The conditions of the people who survived were not known.

Sources told KFSN that police were searching for at least one suspect.

Witnesses to the shooting about 5:30 p.m. described the confusion and panic at the scene, the Mercury News reported.

Evenny Reyes of Gilroy, 13, told the newspaper that spent the day at the festival with her friends and relatives.

“We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his leg because he got shot. And there were people on the ground, crying,” Reyes said. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”

Reyes said that she didn’t run at first because the gunshots sounded like fireworks. “It started going for five minutes, maybe three. It was like the movies — everyone was crying, people were screaming.”

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