One person was killed in the shooting at the California city official’s house, where an outdoor party was being held, police stated.
A man was pronounced dead at the home of Gilroy City Council Member Rebeca Armendariz, and the three survivors were hospitalized, two with “life-threatening injuries,” the Gilroy Police Department said in a statement
Gilroy Mayor Marie Blankley said in an email that Armendariz was not physically injured.
The violence took place just before 1 AM, when responding officers came across an outdoor party. According to police, the incident was preceded and exacerbated by an altercation.
A statement released by NBC Bay Area Saturday evening, Armendariz stated, “We are fully cooperating with the Gilroy Police Department during this investigation. “
” Our primary concern is for those impacted and their families, she stated. We hope that the Gilroy community will show love and support to those who were affected by yesterday’s events. “
Gilroy, with a population of about 60,000, was once an agricultural town famed for being the self-proclaimed “Garlic Capital of the World.” The city now emphasizes its region, Silicon Valley.
The city was the scene of a mass shooting in 2019, when a 19-year-old who had waded into white supremacy opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing three, including two children, and injuring 12 before fatally shooting himself.
Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.