Almost three hours after the initial incident, additional shots were heard in the area, Elissa Harrington a reporter for KTVU tweeted, noting seeing "police in full tactical gear" searching a nearby creek with dogs and helicopters flying overhead.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the largest food festivals in the us, providing three days of food, drinks, live entertainment and cooking competitions.
"It's incredibly sad and disheartening that an event that does so much good for our community has to suffer from a tragedy like this", he said.
The band TinMan started an encore when the shooting started.
Van Breen and other members of the band dove under the stage. Singer Jack Van Breen heard someone yell, "Why are you doing this?"
The suspect had an assault-style rifle and appeared to shoot at random, Smithee said.
Stanford Medical Center has two patients being treated from the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, spokeswoman Julie Greicius said.
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Almost two dozen people were sent to area trauma centers for gunshot wounds and other injuries, according to Joy Alexiou, public information officer for the Santa Clara County Health & Hospital System.
Learning the details in a panicked call from his wife, "I couldn't believe what was happening, that what she was saying was a lie, that maybe I was dreaming", said Alberto Romero, a 33-year-old electrician, according to the newspaper.
But then she saw someone with a wounded leg. "And there were people on the ground, crying", Evenny said.
Initial reports said at least 11 people were shot, with later speculation that up to 60 may have been hurt.
She said that she did not run at first because the gunshots sounded like fireworks. "It was like the movies - everyone was crying, people were screaming", she said.
As the firing started, many festival-goers thought the sounds were fireworks. Authorities say they think they have identified the man, but have not yet released his name. In an interview with ABC7 News, Maribel Romero described her grandson as "a really loving boy".
"It's just, thinking that it could happen right here in our own hometown and I actually - we got hit? I thought, 'We're open prey.' It was very bad". "It was terrible", she said.
Agents from the USA federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene of the shooting.
Police officers escort people from Christmas Hill Park following a deadly shooting during the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday.