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Another Festival Sued in Wake of Gun Violence

Plaintiffs claim Gilroy Garlic Festival organizers could have 'avoided [gun violence] completely.'

In another instance of event organizers being blamed for gun violence, five people injured in a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July are suing the event’s organizers, saying negligent security contributed to the deadly encounter, according to the Los Angeles Times:

Randall Scarlett, an attorney representing the shooting survivors, filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Tuesday morning, four months after the shooting in Northern California that left three dead and more than a dozen injured. The suit says the Gilroy Garlic Festival Assn. and the security company working the event, First Alarm Security and Inc., should have been aware of the risk of a mass shooting, increased patrols and secured the perimeter at the event.

“They had an entire back area [that] had no monitoring whatsoever,” Scarlett said at a news conference. “What’s the price you’re willing to pay to say the risk is too great? Reasonable steps would have avoided this completely.”

The survivors are seeking an unspecified amount in compensation, partly to cover growing medical cost … Los Angeles Times

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