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.


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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