Statement from Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Jimmy Panetta on the tragic mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

July 29, 2019
Press Release
Shares National and Local Resources to Assist the Community

GILROY, CA – Today, Reps. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), who jointly represent the City of Gilroy, issued the following statement in response to the tragic violence that occurred on July 28, on the closing day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

The city of Gilroy, and our constituents, are now among a very sobering group of communities that have endured a mass shooting. It is heartbreaking what the families and loved ones of the victims, and those injured, face in the wake of this tragedy. Our condolences are with them.

“Thank you to all the first responders in Gilroy and from neighboring jurisdictions who continue to work heroically to help those impacted during this tragedy. Without the quick response of law enforcement, first responders, and event volunteers, this horrific event may have been even more deadly.

“We pledge to support, and work with, local law enforcement as well as federal, state and other local officials who will continue to investigate this shooting.

The offices offer those impacted by the tragedy and members of their communities with the following national and local resources:

FBI Tip-Line – Call 1-800-CALL- FBI (800-225-5324) to leave anonymous tips or visit the site below to upload witness images.

Gilroy Police Department: Witness List – Call 408-846-0583

2-1-1 – Crisis Services. Call 2-1-1 or visit their Santa Clara County website

Disaster Distress Helpline – 24/7 crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including mass shootings. Call 1-800-985-5990

Victim Witness Assistance CenterCounty of Santa Clara Office of the District Attorny’s website

California Victim of Crime Resource Center Hotline - 1-800-VICTIMS or visit their website

California Coalition for Youth (CCY) – Offers 24/7 emergency response hotline for youth and their families. Provides crisis intervention counseling and referrals to service providers in the caller's local community. Call 800-843-5200

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