The annual Garlic Festival that usually attracts thousands of people in America and around the world, on Sunday witnessed pandemonium as a gunman opened fire at the crowd who were having fun, killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy. The shooting also saw about 12 people injured, as the festival which got to its third and final day on Sunday in Northern California ended in so much tears and sadness with the senseless shooting.
According to the report by CNN, the 6-year-old identified as Stephen Romero, was killed during the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, was said to be “loving boy,” who will be remembered by his family as “kind” and “happy.”
Stephen’s grandmother, Maribel Romero, told CNN affiliate KGO-TV that she was at home when she received a call informing her that he had been shot.
By the time she was able to get to the hospital, Romero said her grandson was already dead.
She told KGO-TV he would be remembered as “always kind, happy and, you know, playful.”
“I just hope there is justice and they catch the last person or the other person and that there’s justice. I want justice for my grandson,” she added.
Stephen’s mother and his other grandmother were also shot in the incident. Both have been hospitalized, she said.
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said the shooter was fatally shot by officers who engaged him within one minute of the shooting.
A manhunt is underway for a possible second suspect, but their role in the shooting is unclear. Neither the shooter nor the second suspect have been identified.