Two children were among the three people killed in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, police said.
Those killed included a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s, Gilroy police Chief Scot Smithee said during a news conference Monday. He did not release names, though the boy’s family has identified him as Stephen Romero, according to reports from CNN, NBC, CBS and several local media outlets.
Stephen was attending the popular food festival with his mother and grandmother when a gunman opened fire, his other grandmother, Maribel Romero, said in an interview with KGO-TV.
Stephen, she said, was “always kind, happy and … playful.”
This little Angel – Stephen Romero – was shot and killed tonight at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. His grandmother shared these photos with me, while we cried together. She’s now visiting his mother, her daughter in law, who was also shot and is being treated at another hospital. pic.twitter.com/vAJTUsOQ32
— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) July 29, 2019
Romero said she rushed from hospital to hospital looking for her grandson, but he died before she located him.
“This is really hard, there’s no words to describe. He was such a happy kid,” Romero told KRON-TV.
'He was such a happy kid' The grandmother of 6-year-old Stephen Romero speaks about her grandson after he was shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival pic.twitter.com/GKr7jFU4Ku
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) July 29, 2019
Stephen’s father told the station that his wife was shot in the hand and in the stomach, but was expected to survive. The boy’s other grandmother was also wounded. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.
“My son had his whole life to live and he was only 6,” his father Alberto Romero told NBC Bay Area.
At least three other people, including a suspect, were also killed and at least 12 others were injured, Gilroy police said.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.