Active attacker reported at food festival in California

At least seven people have been hospitalised after a shooting at an annual food festival in northern California, according to local authorities and hospital officials.

A spokeswoman for Stanford Medical Center said they have two patients there being treated from a shooting on Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Fesitval. Julie Greicius said she has no details on their injuries or conditions.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received five victims, spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She also had no information on their conditions.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump sent a tweet saying: “Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!”

The incident took place about 5:30 pm local time (around 0030 GMT on Monday). 

NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told that several people “were down” after shots rang out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual event south of San Jose.

Videos posted on social media appeared to show festival attendees scattering in confusion as at least one loud popping sound could be heard in the background.

“What’s going on?” a woman can be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”

Founded in 1979, the three-day festival features food, drink, live entertainment and cooking competitions.

It says it is hosted by volunteers and describes itself as the world’s greatest summer food festival.

Gilroy is about 48km south of the city of San Jose.

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