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Six-year-old boy among victims of garlic festival shooting

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Posted at 7:38 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 09:38:12-04

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy was one of the three people killed when a gunman opened fire at a Northern California garlic festival.

Alberto Romero told NBC Bay Area that his son Stephen was killed.

"My son had his whole life to live and he was only 6," his father Alberto Romero told NBC Bay Area. "That's all I can say."

Authorities say he used a rifle and gained entry to the packed festival by cutting through a fence to avoid the tight security, including metal detectors, police said.

"What's going through my mind is hopefully they get the shooters and basically that's it right now. I lost my son," Romero said. "There's nothing I really can do besides try to be with him until I could put him in his- In his resting spot where ever that is."

Three people were killed and at least 15 others injured in the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, authorities said. The shooter also was killed.