He wrote on Twitter, “This is sickening to wake up to. Our corrupt political system, which is controlled by the gun lobby, has a lot of waking up to do. When our children are being shot in places that should be safest, we're failing. Let's get serious about gun control.”
This is sickening to wake up to.
Our corrupt political system, which is controlled by the gun lobby, has a lot of waking up to do.
When our children are being shot in places that should be safest, we're failing. Let's get serious about gun control. https://t.co/gzQHkQoFf2
Some 15 people were wounded during the mass shooting at the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival in northern California, some of them hurt in the crush of bystanders trying to flee, police said.
Police reached the scene within a minute of the first shots ringing out at 5:45 p.m. local time and officers shot and killed the gunman moments later, according to Scot Smithee, who heads the Gilroy Police Department.
A second person, "was involved in some way, we just don't know in what way," Smithee said late on Sunday. "We have no idea of a motive.”
Smithee said the gunman had cut through a fence to get into the annual Garlic Festival in Gilroy, 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the city of San Jose.
Today is 210th day of 2019
Gilroy Garlic Festival is 246th mass shooting of 2019
GOP has passed: •Muslim Ban •Refugee Ban •Asylee Ban •Abortion Ban •Disaster Aid Ban
But for the 8,440 Americans killed by guns in 2019 YTD: •0 gun laws •0 gun reform •0 accountability
One video posted on Twitter showed a blood-spattered woman sitting in the back of a semi-trailer and telling a man she had been shot in the hand.
Stagehand Shawn Viaggi told local media he heard gunshots and saw bullets hitting the ground. "I called out, 'It's a real gun, let's get out of here,' and we hid under the stage," Viaggi told the newspaper, adding that he saw police officers trying to resuscitate one man.
Founded in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is an annual event run by volunteers and held outdoors at Christmas Hill Park.
Weapons of any kind are prohibited, according to the event's website, which also said anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club, would be refused entry.
Pundits and anchors: Please don’t speculate about the possible causes of gun violence in America. It’s not mental illness. It’s not video games. It’s not polarization.
"I want to express my extreme shock and sadness about what's happened today," said Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco at a late-night press conference. "I would ask for the thoughts and prayers of the community as our Gilroy police officers continue to investigate this tragic and senseless crime."
Gun violence has been on the rise in the U.S., especially school shootings. According to data by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, there were 94 cases of gun violence in schools in 2018, a record high since 1970.
In 2017, there were 39,773 gun deaths, another record high since 1968 according to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Progressives have criticized weak gun control laws which result in such violence. The NRA, a powerful gun lobby in the U.S., has also been criticized for promoting weapons, encouraging people to buy arms and also having an influence in U.S. politics.