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1 killed, 3 injured in shooting at home of California City Council member

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1 killed, 3 injured in shooting at home of California City Council member

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One person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting at the home of a California city official, where an outdoor party was held early Saturday, police said.

A man was pronounced dead at the home of Rebeca Armendariz, a member of Gilroy City Council, and the three survivors were hospitalized, two of them with “life-threatening injuries,” the Gilroy Police Department said in a report. communicated.

Gilroy Mayor Marie Blankley said in an email that Armendariz was not physically injured.

The violence occurred just before 1 a.m. when response officers encountered a large outdoor party, the department said. Police said they believed the shots were preceded by an altercation.

In a statement released Saturday night by NBC Bay Area, Armendariz said, “We are providing our full cooperation to the Gilroy Police Department in this investigation. “

“Our primary concern is for those affected and their families,” she said. We hope the Gilroy community reunites with love and support for those affected by yesterday’s events at the appropriate time. “

Gilroy, with a population of around 60,000, was once a farming town renowned for being the self-proclaimed “Garlic Capital of the World”. Today, the city focuses on its region, Silicon Valley.

The city was the scene of a mass shooting in 2019, when a 19-year-old who had floundered in white supremacy opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle during the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing three people, including two children, and injuring 12 before death. shoot himself.

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