Three people killed at the Gilroy Garlic festival in Northern Carolina Sunday, reported AFP.
A gunman started fire at a festival Sunday afternoon, leaving many wounded and three dead, including a six-year-old boy, before being shot by police. The six-year-old killed in the shooting was described by his grandmother as “always kind, happy and playful” boy, who attended the festival with his mother, who is now in a medically induced coma at a hospital in San Jose, and a grandmother, who also got injured and is in the hospital.
"He had his whole life to live. He was only 6." Six-year-old Steven Romero was among three people killed in a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, his family confirms. https://t.co/jPpIWX1PfF pic.twitter.com/6ScJLKndZy
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) July 29, 2019
US President Donald Trump paid tribute to the victims of the shooting on Monday. “While families were spending time at a local festival, a wicked murderer opened fire and killed three innocent citizens including a young child,” Trump said.
“We grieve for their families and ask that God comfort them.”
Brian Bowe, the director of the festival, said that the attack was horrible. “Our 4,000-plus local volunteers work so hard every year and to see this event end this way is just one of the most tragic and sad things that I’ve ever had to see,” he stated.
“We feel so upset for those that are impacted — friends, families, neighbors. It’s just a horrible thing to experience.”
Police identified the shooter as Santino William Legan, 19, and are reportedly looking for a second suspect. The motive is unknown.
Legan used cutting equipment to breach fence of the event as the entrance was secured with metal detectors and bag searches. Evenny Reyes, a 13-year-old girl who was at the festival says: “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.”
“There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”
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