Around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, social media posts shared by residents, observers and public figures helped to document a range of responses to Sunday’s fatal Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.
President Donald Trump:
Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom:
This is nothing short of horrific. Tonight, CA stands with the Gilroy community. My office is monitoring the situation closely. Grateful for the law enforcement’s efforts and their continued work as this situation develops. https://t.co/GrtHjtCEz7
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 29, 2019
My heart goes out to everyone in #Gilroy and to the larger California family who mourns tonight.
Our kids, our families, and our communities deserve better than this. Absolutely heartbreaking.
— Jennifer Siebel Newsom (@JenSiebelNewsom) July 29, 2019
Multiple 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls:
Simply horrific. I’m grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight. Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate. https://t.co/WqWNxGAQnA
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019
We’re still waiting on all the details from Gilroy, but my heart is already breaking for the victims and their families and the survivors. The gun violence epidemic in this country is out of control. Please be safe and take care of one another. https://t.co/lrOA0gh6VD
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 29, 2019
Heartbreaking news out of Gilroy, California as another community copes with a mass shooting. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough—we must do more to prevent these tragic attacks.https://t.co/rdmcaf08Tj
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 29, 2019
State and local politicians:
TY first responders for helping the victims at the festival shooting. If looking for a loved one, please go to the reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B. https://t.co/z08XKoK6Kl
— Rep. Zoe Lofgren (@RepZoeLofgren) July 29, 2019
The trauma, sorrow, and grief — the horror of mass gun violence has become our American story. My heart goes out to all those in Gilroy tonight. Our Congress can end this tragedy now. @momsdemand https://t.co/Xf8F1QVv32
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) July 29, 2019
My heart breaks for the victims and families of another mass shooting, this time in Gilroy, CA. Thank you to our law enforcement and first responders. https://t.co/XVhgFVzu0Z
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 29, 2019
I am closely monitoring the reports of an active shooter in Gilroy, CA. My heart is with the victims of this senseless tragedy, and with the Gilroy community. I will continue to post updates as they become available. https://t.co/M3XWKgPzd3
— John Garamendi (@RepGaramendi) July 29, 2019
Our hearts go out to the victims of the shooting in Gilroy. It is devastating that families cannot enjoy a community festival without fear of gun violence. We have a moral imperative to end this epidemic.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) July 29, 2019
We are deeply saddened to learn of the horrific tragedy unfolding in neighboring Gilroy. Our thoughts and prayers are with today’s victims, their families and first responders on the scene. #PrayForGilroy
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) July 29, 2019
We are saddened by today’s tragic news that has so deeply shaken our South Bay community. We are praying for all who are affected to find comfort and strength. #PrayForGilroy
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) July 29, 2019
Our hearts are heavy tonight hearing about the devastating tragedy in Gilroy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families. #PrayForGilroy pic.twitter.com/CDYpVhdrmT
— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) July 29, 2019
We are devastated to learn of the horrific tragedy in Gilroy today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, first responders on the scene and everyone else affected by this tragedy. #PrayForGilroy
— San Jose State Athletics (@SJSUAthletics) July 29, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that unfolded in Gilroy today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and first responders on the scene. #PrayForGilroy
— Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) July 29, 2019
Our hearts go out to communities impacted by the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. We stand with everyone impacted by this senseless act of violence. #PrayforGilroy
— San Francisco DEM (@SF_emergency) July 29, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all who witnessed this tragic and senseless act of violence. #GilroyGarlicFestival https://t.co/yojZ4F4VGf
— Sunnyvale DPS (@SunnyvaleDPS) July 29, 2019
#SJFD is keeping the victims of today’s horrible shooting and the community of Gilroy in our thoughts and prayers. #GilroyGarlicFestival. https://t.co/p5jtoBrMFA
— San Jose Fire Dept. (@SJFD) July 29, 2019
Thoughts and prayers go out to the community of Gilroy.
— Stockton Police Dept (@StocktonPolice) July 29, 2019
Deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, a beloved community tradition in Northern California. Wishing strength and recovery to our neighbors in Gilroy, the victims and their families. Much gratitude to the first responders.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 29, 2019
For those asking, we are safe and were not in Gilroy at the festival. I hope all our other South Bay friends are safe as well. 😢 #GilroyGarlicFestival #GunControlNow
— Ally Kazmucha (@iMuggle) July 29, 2019
My fondest memory of the Gilroy Garlic Festival was going there when I was 8-years-old to eat the garlic fries and garlic ice cream. It’s a place for people to bring their kids and families. This senseless mass shooting destroys innocent lives and childhood memories.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 29, 2019
Seems so surreal to watch the news about an active shooter in your hometown. At the garlic festival that I went to for about 20 years. I hope #gilroy is safe after the #gilroyactiveshooter wasn’t thinking straight and attacked innocent people having a good time.
— Chad Kagy (@chadkagy) July 29, 2019
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a Bay Area tradition and a place where kids and families and friends go to have fun, eat things like garlic ice cream, listen to music and enjoy each other’s company. We are sending all of our love to everyone affected by this horrifying tragedy.
— The Family Crest (@TheFamilyCrest) July 29, 2019
We stand with the people of Gilroy tonight, a town that is over 1/2 Latino, and that welcomes the world with love and food annually for the #GilroyGarlicFestival. Grateful for the first responders who responded quickly to this senseless tragedy. Enough is enough. https://t.co/jitbWbSW3B
— Latino Community Fdn (@LatinoCommFdn) July 29, 2019
Our hearts go out to the loved ones of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting victims. The shooter is reported to be shot and killed by law enforcement.
We will be discussing the incident on KGO all day tomorrow.
— KGO 810 (@KGO810) July 29, 2019
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