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It takes a lot of shrimp scampi to feed festival-goers at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

The Daily Meal's editors, contributors, and readers dig into some pretty great restaurants, festivals, and meals. There's not always enough time to give a full review of a restaurant or describe in depth why a place, its food, and the people who prepare it are noteworthy, so Snackshot of the Day does what photographs do best, rely on the image to do most of the talking.

Today's Snackshot is of shrimp scampi sautéeing in a big pan at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. The Gilroy Garlic Festival happens every summer in Gilroy, Calif., just south of San Jose. The section of the festival where you can fill your belly with delicious garlic is called Gourmet Alley. There, you can find scampi, garlic fries, garlic bread, peppersteak sandwiches, stuffed mushrooms, and much more.

Read more about The Daily Meal's Snackshot feature. To submit a photo, email jbruce[at]thedailymeal.com, subject: "Snackshots." Follow The Daily Meal's photo editor Jane Bruce on Twitter.


Food Festivals Help You Experience New Foods

Celebrating local foods, regional cuisine, and seasonal specialties happens year-round at food festivals across the country. Discovering the delicious edible finds near your home or summer vacationing spot is a great way to experience new foods.

Festivals offer recipes for soups, relishes, entrees and beverages that may be foreign to your family&rsquos cooking traditions &ndash what a great way to shake up the flavor this summer!

Two tons of garlic are needed for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California

Yarmouth Clam Festival, July 17-19

In the coastal town of Yarmouth, Maine, a peculiar little shellfish is the reason for serious celebration. At the annual Yarmouth&rsquos Clam Festival, over 100,000 visitors flood the town to watch the Maine State Clam Shucking Contest and taste the famous clam specialties of New England. Whether you eat steamed, fried, battered, or chowdered, this festival gives you clams galore.

Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 24-26

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the three day Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California beginning July 24. The event will feature a Master Chef Challenge hosted by television&rsquos Top Chef Fabio Viviani, plus hourly cooking demonstrations and live online video streams of festival cook-offs. If your taste buds get excited about French Fried Garlic Artichoke Hearts, Garlic Kettlekorn, Garlic Watermelon, or Garlic Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry, then this is the festival to visit.

Machias Blueberry Festival, August 14-16

Interested in seeing a Blueberry Musical Comedy? If so, the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias, Maine, is the event to attend. Every year locals handcraft the festival quilt, families attend the Pancake Breakfast, and the community band plays tunes, all in commemoration of the blueberry. The annual festival is an example of how food can bring communities together.

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, August 23

On Sunday, August 23rd, dozens of cheesemakers and other artisan food producers will gather in Shelburne, VT, for the first annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. The one-day event, hosted by the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, the Vermont Butter & Cheese Company, and the Vermont Cheese Council, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Coach Barn on picturesque Shelburne Farms.

Festival visitors can sample over 100 types of cheese from 40 different cheesemakers, a variety of locally produced wines and beers, and several other artisan foods, including maple syrup, honey, chocolates, baked goods, and more. The Festival will also feature four tasting seminars, where visitors will learn how to pair cheeses with wine, beer, and other foods.


Last weekend my boyfriend and I met up with some friends at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. It was a beautiful sunny day, as it usually is around here, and the perfect day to go to a festival. The Gilroy Garlic Festival is an annual festival that celebrates garlic and raises money for local fundraisers. The city of Gilroy is known as the “Garlic Capital of the World,” although it’s not the world largest producer of garlic. However, I am pretty sure all the garlic that is available in grocery store around here is from Gilroy.

What does a garlic festival consist of? Well enough garlicky food to make you smell like garlic for the remainder of the night and most likely smell like garlic at work the next day! Gilroy is only a 45 minute drive south from where we live so I have been wanting to go to this festival since we moved here last October. It was a fun experience and I am so glad we were able to go.

Fog rolling over the hills on the drive south to Gilroy.

I love the Gilroy City sign with the garlic in the “G”

A huge flaming garlic bulb meets you as you enter the festival.

One of the food rows, the garlic bread was tasty! Three dollars for a bag with 3-4 pieces…sorry no picture of the bread because we ate it so quickly.

More food… love, love, love some garlic fries.

What’s better than garlic fries? Beer Battered Garlic Fries. ummm yumm

An icey mimosa from the wine tent to cool down

Speaking of wine tents, they had garlic wine from a local vineyard that I sampled. They had a red and a white wine. It smelled like garlic and then tasted like wine with a garlic after taste. It was very interesting to try, but I don’t think I could sit down with a whole bottle.

Garlic Ice Cream is one of the attractions to the Garlic Festival. One of the stands give small cones for free, but this stand had different flavors so we decided to try the Garlic Pistachio.

I am not sure if garlic pistachio ice cream is an award-winning combo, but it certainly was interesting!

I am not sure what this guys name is but lets call him Garlic Man. Until next year, Garlic Man!

This is the street that part of the festival was on. I sent a picture to M because I thought the name sounded a little familiar.


What's in the area of the Gilroy Garlic Festival

Screenshots of a video showing attendees at Gilroy Garlic Festival running from apparent gunshots Sunday afternoon.

A view of Christmas Hill Park, where the Gilroy Garlic Festival takes place.

A photo of a map of the Gilroy Garlic Festival grounds. There are multiple eyewitness accounts and news agencies reporting a shooting and multiple victims at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Christmas Hill Park. The Associated Press has reported that at least five people were shot, according to an official with Santa Clara County Medical Center.

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The area behind Christmas Hill Park, where the Gilroy Garlic Festival takes place.

Screenshots of a video showing attendees at Gilroy Garlic Festival running from apparent gunshots Sunday afternoon.

Screenshots of a video showing attendees at Gilroy Garlic Festival running from apparent gunshots Sunday afternoon.

Photos from the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. On July 28, witnesses say at least one gunman opened fire at the festival, injuring multiple people.

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Photos from the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. On July 28, witnesses say at least one gunman opened fire at the festival, injuring multiple people.

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Photos from the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. On July 28, witnesses say at least one gunman opened fire at the festival, injuring multiple people.

Courtesy of Sarah Belle Lin Show More Show Less

Photos from the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. On July 28, witnesses say at least one gunman opened fire at the festival, injuring multiple people.

Courtesy of Sarah Belle Lin Show More Show Less

Photos from the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. On July 28, witnesses say at least one gunman opened fire at the festival, injuring multiple people.

Courtesy of Sarah Belle Lin Show More Show Less

Photos from the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. On July 28, witnesses say at least one gunman opened fire at the festival, injuring multiple people.

Courtesy of Sarah Belle Lin Show More Show Less

On Sunday evening, witnesses say at least one gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, injuring multiple people. As of 7:30 p.m., the scene was still considered active.

Here's what we know about the popular yearly food festival and the surrounding area:

The three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival draws nearly 100,000 to its festival each year, according to its site, with 80,646 people in attendance last year. Also on the grounds is a network of 4,000 volunteers who work the festival each year, as part of a group of 140 non-profits in the area.

The shooting took place on the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, just as the day was winding down.

The festival is held every year in Gilroy's Christmas Hill Park, a 51-acre park with playgrounds, hiking trails and sports fields near Gilroy High School. There is a residential neighborhood behind the park.

The park is split into the "ranch side" and the "park side" for the festival, partitioned down the middle by a "gourmet alley" of food vendors.


Shooter at Gilroy Garlic Festival in California Used Semiautomatic Rifle, Police Say

Alejandro Lazo

Zusha Elinson

GILROY, Calif.—As the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival was winding down Sunday, a 19-year-old opened fire with an AK-47 style semiautomatic rifle, killing a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s and injuring 12 others, police said.

The shooter did it in minutes, police said, even with tight security, in a state where such weapons are heavily restricted and at a time when many Americans are on guard for the next mass shooting.

The suspect, Santino William Legan, wasn’t on law enforcement’s radar before the shooting, a law-enforcement official said. He purchased a WASR-10 AK-47-style rifle in Nevada where such guns are legal and can be sold to anyone 18 and over, law-enforcement officials said. And he avoided the festival’s public entrance where security was checking bags by cutting through a fence that surrounded the grounds, police said.

“It has always been a safe place for us,” said Cheryl Low, 56, who was working at a vendor’s booth at the festival. “The security was fine out there. When people want to do this they know how, and what they are doing, and they are going to do it regardless.”


Snackshot of the Day: Gilroy Garlic Festival - Recipes

Posted by Keelin Hollenbeck on August 4, 2013

Last weekend my boyfriend and I met up with some friends at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. It was a beautiful sunny day, as it usually is around here, and the perfect day to go to a festival. The Gilroy Garlic Festival is an annual festival that celebrates garlic and raises money for local fundraisers. The city of Gilroy is known as the “Garlic Capital of the World,” although it’s not the world largest producer of garlic. However, I am pretty sure all the garlic that is available in grocery store around here is from Gilroy.

What does a garlic festival consist of? Well enough garlicky food to make you smell like garlic for the remainder of the night and most likely smell like garlic at work the next day! Gilroy is only a 45 minute drive south from where we live so I have been wanting to go to this festival since we moved here last October. It was a fun experience and I am so glad we were able to go.

Fog rolling over the hills on the drive south to Gilroy.

I love the Gilroy City sign with the garlic in the “G”

A huge flaming garlic bulb meets you as you enter the festival.

One of the food rows, the garlic bread was tasty! Three dollars for a bag with 3-4 pieces…sorry no picture of the bread because we ate it so quickly.

More food… love, love, love some garlic fries.

What’s better than garlic fries? Beer Battered Garlic Fries. ummm yumm

An icey mimosa from the wine tent to cool down

Speaking of wine tents, they had garlic wine from a local vineyard that I sampled. They had a red and a white wine. It smelled like garlic and then tasted like wine with a garlic after taste. It was very interesting to try, but I don’t think I could sit down with a whole bottle.

Garlic Ice Cream is one of the attractions to the Garlic Festival. One of the stands give small cones for free, but this stand had different flavors so we decided to try the Garlic Pistachio.

I am not sure if garlic pistachio ice cream is an award-winning combo, but it certainly was interesting!

I am not sure what this guys name is but lets call him Garlic Man. Until next year, Garlic Man!

This is the street that part of the festival was on. I sent a picture to M because I thought the name sounded a little familiar.


April 19, 2019 Signature Plant, National Garlic Day, Gilroy Garlic Festival, E. Lucy Braun, Gilbert White, Primrose Day, Nancy Cardozo, Fiona Davison, Photo Friday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

If you can't decide, maybe it's time to let your garden do the talking.

Complete the following sentence: My garden has the perfect spot to grow. (fill in the blank).

For instance, you may have the perfect spot to grow anemone. I remember going to my friend Carmen’s house in the spring. I came around the corner and stopped in my tracks when I saw her happy anemones - so cheerful, so vibrant. and so demanding. Not everyone can grow anemones, but Carmen‘s garden had the perfect spot for them. And even though anemones are pretty ephemeral, I always think of them as her signature plant.

#OTD Today isNational Garlic Day - it is observed every year on April 19.

Garlic, or stinking rose, is a member of the lily family. Onions, leeks, and shallots are also in the family. This time of year, wild garlic or ransoms, are returning to the woodlands, hedgerows, and riverbanks. Wild garlic is also called a bear's garlic. Folklore says that bears eat it after hibernation. If cows graze on wild garlic, it will taint the milk with garlic flavor. Garlic is a favorite foraged seasonal ingredient of top chefs.

And it's not just a foundational ingredient for cooking - garlic is also used for medicinal purposes.

Garlic has antibiotic properties, and it also helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Herbalists recommend garlic as a remedy for colds.

Gilroy, California, is known as the Garlic Capital of the World.

Will Rogers said this about Gilroy:

“…the only place in America where you can marinate a steak just by hanging it out on a clothesline.”

Atlas Obscura wrote an article last year about Gilroy. They featured Gilroy's unique recipes for garlic ice cream saying,

"The dessert divides ice-cream lovers."

An online reviewer mediated the matter with this comment,

"Actually the garlic ice cream is pretty good. But a little does go a long way."

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is held every year in July.

#OTD It's the birthday of E. Lucy Braun was born on April 19, 1889, in Cincinnati. The E stood for Emma, but she went by Lucy. In 1950, Braun was the first woman elected president of the Ecological Society of America. A quiet, bright, and dedicated field scientist, she worked as a botanist at the University of Cincinnati.

Braun became interested in the outdoors as a child. Growing up on May Street in Cincinnati, her parents would take Lucy and her older sister, Annette, by horse-drawn streetcar to the woods in Rose Hill so they could spend time in the woods. The girls were taught to identify wildflowers. In turn, the girls helped gather specimens for their mother's herbarium. The girls both got Ph.D.'s - Lucy in botany, Annette in Zoology - and they never married. However, they lived together with their entire lives, leaving their childhood May street for a home in Mount Washington. The sisters turned the upstairs into a laboratory and the gardens around the house into an outside laboratory. At the age of 80, Braun was still leading people on field trips in Ohio.

Friends of Braun have recounted,

"To be with her in the field was something. She made everything so real, so exciting she was just so knowledgeable."

"She loved to be out in the field rain wouldn't stop her. She could walk forever."

"Only through close and reverent examination of nature can humans understand and protect its beauties and wonders."

By the time she died, Emma had collected some 11,891 specimens for her own personal herbarium. This was the result of tremendous personal dedication Braun drove over 65,000 miles during a 25-year quest throughout the eastern United States. Her heart belonged to the forests, and her book, Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, is still regarded as a definitive text. When asked about her time in the field, Braun would happily recount how she had managed to dodge moonshiners' stills in the hills of Kentucky, gathering up plant samples unseen by the botanists of her time.

When she died of heart failure in March 1971, at the age of 81, she was one of the top three ecologists In the United States. Her herbarium was acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C.

OTD In 1792, Naturalist Gilbert White wrote in his journal in Selborne, England:

Redstart appears. Daffodils are gone: mountain-snow-drops, & hyacinths in bloom the latter very fine: fritillaries going. Vast flood at Whitney in Oxfordshire, on the Windrush.

Then, four years later in 1796: Sowed holly-hocks, columbines, & sweet Williams

Unearthed Words

#OTD It's Primrose Day.

Primrose Day commemorates the death date of Queen Victoria’s favorite Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. His favorite flower was the Primrose. The name comes from the Latin primus, meaning first rose.

In 1889, London newspapers reported that,

"They received, no fewer than 811 sets of verses from 'poets' who have attempted to carry off the small prize awarded for a Primrose poem. In 1884, when the competition started, only 77 poems were sent in. In 1886 the number rose to 557. Next year there will probably be 1,000 competitors."

On April 30, 1947, a little primrose verse was printed in the Chicago Tribune,

A primrose by a river's brim
Is not a rose nor Is it prim.

American writer, Nancy Cardozo wrote a poem called Primroses and Prayers. Here it is:

This is a primrose morning,
The wind has put up her hair<
The bells, hung in my cherry tree,
are still – No birds feast there.
I walked up the noon hill,
Saddest of prim things.
I met a fair child selling
bunches of butterfly wings.
I gave him a painted ball
For a mist bouquet,
Now flitter ghosts put wings on
all I do or say.

Davison worked at the Royal Horticultural Society's library, and she unearthed a collection of handwritten letters that dated back to 1822. The letters had been written by young gardeners including one from a young Joseph Paxton, who would go on to become one of our best-known gardeners and architects. Using their letters, Fiona Davison traces the stories of a handful of these forgotten gardeners whose lives would take divergent paths to create a unique history of gardening.

The trail took her from Chiswick to Bolivia and uncovered tales of fraud, scandal and madness - and, of course, a large number of fabulous plants and gardens. This is a celebration of the unsung heroes of horticulture whose achievements reflect a golden moment in British gardening, and continue to influence how we garden today.

Today's Garden Chore

It's another Photo Friday in the Garden.

Today take pictures of all the stuff in your garden. Skip the plants, focus on the statuary. The fountains. The signage. When you review your photos, look at them with discernment. Evaluate each piece. Over time, our gardens can become repositories. Just because something says Garden - doesn't mean it has to go in YOUR garden.

Something Sweet

Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart

Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli was also dubbed the Earl of Beaconsfield. After he died, there was a little story that made the rounds in the papers called The Beaconsfield and the Primrose. I'll paraphrase it here:

Disraeli's fondness for the primrose originated from the time when he was living in Highbury, London.

Here, he was much attached to a young lady.

A ball was held and the young lady in question wore a wreath of primroses.

A bet was made between Mr. Disraeli and another gentleman as to whether the primroses were real or not.

The bet was for a pair of gloves. Turns out, the primroses were REAL primroses.

Disraeli got the gloves and the lady? She gave a few primroses to the future prime minister, who put them in his buttonhole.

Thereafter, he had a fondness for the primrose.

Thanks for listening to the daily gardener,
and remember:
"For a happy, healthy life, garden every day."


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Washington, Jul 30 (IANS): As the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival in the US state of California was winding down at the weekend, a 19-year-old opened fire with an AK-47 style semiautomatic rifle, killing a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s and injuring 12 others, the police said.

The shooter did it in minutes on Sunday, the police said, even with tight security, in a state where such weapons are heavily restricted and at a time when many Americans are on guard for the next mass shooting.

The suspect, Santino William Legan, wasn't on law enforcement's radar before the shooting, a law-enforcement official said, according to Efe news.

He purchased a WASR-10 AK-47-style rifle in Nevada where such guns are legal and can be sold to anyone 18 and over, law-enforcement officials said. And he avoided the festival's public entrance where security was checking bags by cutting through a fence that surrounded the grounds, the police said.

"It has always been a safe place for us," said Cheryl Low, 56, who was working at a vendor's booth at the festival. "The security was fine out there. When people want to do this they know how, and what they are doing, and they are going to do it regardless."

The attack could have been far more devastating if not for three of the many officers posted at the festival who were on the scene in less than a minute after the first reports of gunfire at 5.41 p.m.

The officers were able to kill him "despite the fact they were outgunned with handguns against a rifle", said Gilroy police chief Scott Smithee on Monday.

Investigators were yet to uncover a motive. On Monday, police cars were lined in front of the suspected shooter's family home in the suburban neighbourhood here.

A post made on an Instagram account bearing Legan's name just before the attack said: "Ayyy garlic festival time Come get wasted on overpriced shit." Another post ranted about paving over open space to make room for "mestizos and Silicon Valley white tw--s".

On Monday, Big Mike's Guns and Ammo in Fallon, Nevada, where he bought the gun, said on Facebook that Legan seemed normal when he picked up the rifle.

Legan purchased his AK-47-style rifle there on July 9, officials said. It appears that he was a resident of Nevada when he made the purchase.

Such guns can be modified to comply with California's tight restrictions on what the state classifies as assault weapons, but the one the shooter used wasn't, said officials.

It had a detachable magazine and investigators found multiple 30-round magazines at the scene of the shooting. In California, the legal age for purchasing a rifle is 21.

Smithee said investigators haven't found confirmation that there was a second suspect involved in the shooting. Dozens of police officers were searching a wooded area outside the fairgrounds for a second suspect who may have helped, the police said.


Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: 6-year-old boy, 13-year-old girl and man in his 20s ID'd as victims

GILROY, Calif. - Three people were killed when a gunman found a way into a garlic festival in Northern California and opened fire.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon as the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival came to an end. The annual festival attracts more than 100,000 people to the city, which is often called the "Garlic Capital of the World."

Authorities responded within a minute to the festival and killed the shooter, who was identified as a 19-year-old man from the area. During a press conference Monday, police said he used an AK-47-style rifle that he&aposd legally purchased in Nevada.

But before authorities reached the suspect, he killed three people - a 6-year-old boy identified as Stephen Romero, 13-year-old girl Keyla Salazar and Trevor Irby, who was in his 20s.

Stephen Romero

The young boy attended the festival with his mother, while his father and 9-year-old sister stayed home in San Jose.

Alberto Romero, Stephen&aposs father, told The Mercury News that he received a call from his wife, Barbara Aquirre, who said their son had been seriously injured in the shooting. His wife and his mother-in-law, Barbara Velasquez Aquirre, were also wounded.

"They said that they shot my son and (the paramedics) took him from her," Romero said. "I couldn&apost believe what was happening, that what she was saying was a lie, maybe I was dreaming."

He added that his son was shot in the stomach and hand. He said he was receiving updates on his son and at one point was told Stephen was in critical condition. But "five minutes later," he was told his son died.

A family friend said Romero&aposs wife and mother-in-law underwent surgery for their injuries and will be OK.

Friends of the family set up a GoFundMe page for the Romeros to help with hospital and funeral costs. Another GoFundMe was set up by a community group to help the family.

Stephen Romero, 6, is shown alongside his father, Alberto Romero, and in another image with his older sister. (Alberto Romero)

Trevor Irby

Keuka College, a liberal-arts focused institution in Keuka Park, New York, issued a statement Monday, stating Trevor Irby was an alumnus.

Irby graduated in 2017 as a biology major, according to a statement from the college&aposs president.

"Our hearts go out to Trevor&aposs family and loved ones. We are shocked that this latest episode of senseless gun violence resulted in the loss of one of our recent graduates - graduates in whom we place so much hope because of their potential to create a brighter tomorrow," the statement said, in part.

It added that Irby&aposs longtime girlfriend, Sarah Warner, was with him at the festival but she was unharmed.

Keyla Salazar

The Santa Clara County Coroner&aposs Office confirmed that Keyla was the 13-year-old girl killed in the shooting.

Authorities said 19 other people were injured in the shooting, with the youngest victim being 12 and the oldest 69. The victims were taken to multiple hospitals and their conditions ranged from fair to critical, with some undergoing surgery.

A spokeswoman for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center stated that five patients were at the facility, with conditions also ranging from critical to fair.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, cooking contests and live music. It&aposs been a decades-old staple in the city.


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GILROY, Calif. — Authorities on Monday were searching for answers to why a 19-year-old opened fire on a popular food festival less than a mile from his parents’ home in California, killing two children and another young man, but believe many more people would have died if officers patrolling the event had not stopped the gunman so quickly.

Santino William Legan, 19, cut through a fence and appeared to randomly target people with an “assault-type rifle” Sunday afternoon, the end of the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival that attracts about 100,000 people to the city known as the “Garlic Capital of the World,” Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said.

Police responded in less than a minute, and Legan turned his “AK-47-type” gun on them, Smithee said. Three officers fired back and killed Legan, who legally purchased the weapon this month in Nevada, where his last address is listed.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of the officers who were able to engage this guy as quickly as they did,” the police chief said. “We had thousands of people there. It could have gone so much worse so fast. … There absolutely would have been more bloodshed.”

Legan’s motive wasn’t known, Smithee said. Legan posted two photos on Instagram not long before the attack that injured 12 other people.

One photo depicted Smokey the Bear in front of a “fire danger” sign, with a caption that said to read the 19th century book “Might is Right,” a work that claims race determines behavior and is popular among white nationalists and far-right extremist groups.

Legan’s since-deleted Instagram account says he is Italian and Iranian. Minutes before the shooting, he had posted a photo from the festival saying, “Ayyy garlic festival time” and “come get wasted on overpriced (stuff).”

The festival in the agricultural city of 50,000 about 80 miles (176 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco had security that required people to pass through metal detectors and have their bags searched.

The shooter sneaked in through a fence that borders a parking lot next to a creek, Smithee said, and the gunfire sent panicked people running away and diving for cover under tables and a concert stage.

Some witnesses reported a second suspect, Smithee said, but it was unclear whether that person was armed or just helped in some way. A manhunt stretched into Monday.

The shooting killed 6-year-old Stephen Romero, a 13-year-old girl and recent college graduate Trevor Irby, who was in his 20s, authorities and family said.

“My son had his whole life to live, and he was only 6,” Alberto Romero told San Francisco Bay Area news station KNTV. “That’s all I can say.”

The boy’s grandmother, Maribel Romero, told Los Angeles station KABC-TV that she searched several hospitals before learning he had died. She said Stephen was “always kind, happy and, you know, playful.”

Keuka College said Irby was a biology major who graduated in 2017 from the school in upstate New York.

Officials didn’t release the name of the girl who died. The wounded were taken to multiple hospitals, and their conditions ranged from fair to critical, with some undergoing surgery. At least five have been released.

Police searched the two-story home of Legan’s family less than a mile from the garlic festival and a dusty car parked outside before leaving the house Monday with paper bags and what appeared to be other evidence.

Jan Dickson, a neighbor across the street, said Santino Legan had not lived there for at least a year and that SWAT officers came to the home Sunday night. She called the Legans “a nice, normal family.”

“How do you cope with this? They have to deal with the fact that their son did this terrible thing and that he died,” Dickson said.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, cooking contests and music and is a decades-old staple in the city. Authorities said police, paramedics and firefighters were stationed throughout the event.

The band TinMan was starting an encore Sunday when the shooting started. Singer Jack van Breen said he saw a man wearing a green shirt and grayish handkerchief around his neck fire into the food area.

Van Breen, from nearby Santa Clara, said he heard someone shout: “Why are you doing this?” The reply: “Because I’m really angry.”

The audience began screaming and running, and the five members of the band and others dove under the stage.

Bandmate Vlad Malinovsky said he heard a lot of shots and then it stopped. Later, law enforcement told those hiding to come out with their hands up.

Donna Carlson of Reno, Nevada, was helping a friend at a jewelry booth when “all of a sudden it was pop, pop, pop. And I said, ‘I sure hope that’s fireworks.'” She got on her hands and knees and hid behind a table until police told her it was safe to leave.

President Donald Trump condemned the “wicked murderer.”

“We express our deepest sadness and sorrow for the families who lost a precious loved one in the horrific shooting last night in Gilroy, California,” Trump said before an event at the White House.

In a tweet, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called the bloodshed “nothing short of horrific” and said he was grateful for the police response.

Video posted to social media showed people running in terror as shots rang out.

Evenny Reyes, 13, of Gilroy told the Mercury News in San Jose that she spent the day at the festival with her friends and relatives.

“We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandanna 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,” she said.

The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today's shooting at the Garlic Festival. The scene is still active. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to the reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B. #GilroyActiveshooter

&mdash Gilroy Police (@GilroyPD) July 29, 2019



Comments:

  1. Malachy

    I can't take part in the discussion right now - I'm very busy. I will be released - I will definitely express my opinion.

  2. Kami

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  3. Latif

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  7. Kishakar

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