Eleven people are feared injured after at least one active gunman was reported at a food festival in California.

At least five people have been shot, according to a hospital spokesperson. Their condition is not yet known.

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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said two people who suffered gun wounds had been taken to hospital and that three more victims were expected to arrive shortly.

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Local news NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told 11 people were “down”.

A number of videos posted to social media showed people running away from the event, some of which included sounds similar to gunshots in the background.

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In one of the videos a woman can be heard asking: “Who would shoot up a garlic festival?”.

A 13-year-old girl told local news San Jose Mercury News she had initially thought the noise had been fireworks, but saw a man with a bandanna tied around a leg wound.

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The Gilroy Garlic Festival is an annual three-day event south of San Jose at the outdoor Christmas Hill Park. The event’s website says weapons of any kind are prohibited.

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