Country artists Caylee Hammack, King Calaway and Waterloo Revival assured fans they were safe following a mass shooting at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif. early Sunday (July 28) afternoon.
All three acts played the festival prior to the shooting, which left four dead — including the alleged shooter — and at least 15 injured.
King Calaway has concluded playing right before the shooting started, according to a Twitter post by Judi Vieira, who wrote “My son was present at the Garlic Festival today with his act, @KingCalaway, who were performing there. GEEZUS! Thank God they had just finished their set and left the stage.”
An hour later, the band confirmed they were safe, tweeting, “Thank you to everyone who has reached out. We’re all ok. Sending out love to everyone at the Gilroy Garlic festival and the emergency services at the scene.”
— King Calaway (@KingCalaway) July 29, 2019
The members of Waterloo Revival thanked everyone who had checked in on them.
Thank you to everyone who has called and Text, we are all okay and safe from the Garlic Festival shootings. Please pray for the victims and their families.
— Waterloo Revival (@waterloorevival) July 29, 2019
Only 24 hours earlier, the band had tweeted how they were “looking forward to some great music and no vampires” at the festival.
Hammack had left the festival grounds before the shooting began, tweeting that the incident “makes me sick.”
WE ARE OKAY! We left right before all this must’ve happened and we are okay. @waterloorev kingcalaway and us all played today but we believe are all safe and away from the festival now. This makes me sick. There… https://t.co/b6SjBbyMwd
— Caylee Anna Hammack (@Cayleehammack) July 29, 2019
Gilroy, located 30 miles south of San Jose, Calif., draws tens of thousands of visitors to the food festival annually since the event’s inception in 1979.