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'This is not happening again!' 3 who survived Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting escaped Las Vegas in 2017

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After surviving a horrendous mass shooting at a Las Vegas festival in 2017 that left 58 people dead, Alice Olive found solace in a Facebook support group for fellow survivors, where she met Christopher and George Cook.

Olive says it has taken her two years to get comfortable with the idea of attending another big outdoor music event. In the end, she decided to join the Cook brothers at a local festival last week.

The venue: The Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Against seemingly impossible odds, the three survivors of the Las Vegas shootings – the deadliest single day mass shooting in U.S. history – walked right into another massacre last Sunday. Once again, they escaped alive.

Three people were killed and 12 injured at the California festival before the gunman was shot and killed by police.

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“Oh man, this is not happening again!” Olive told KTXL-TV of her first reaction when the bullets started flying.

Olive says she and the Cook brothers had been near the concert stage where the shooter entered the festival. When the gunshots erupted, they were leaving the grounds but had not yet reached the exit.

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Christopher Cook tells CNN the incident triggered a wave of emotions.

"You think you're grateful for everything you have until something like this happens," he says.

People attend a vigil for victims of the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 29, 2019 in Gilroy, California. Three people were killed and at least a dozen wounded on July 28 before police officers shot and killed the suspect. © Mario Tama, Getty Images People attend a vigil for victims of the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 29, 2019 in Gilroy, California. Three people were killed and at least a dozen wounded on July 28 before police officers shot and killed the suspect. But he also says he was able to be a bit more calm this time. "Difference was, in Vegas you didn't know where it (gunfire) was coming from, but in Gilroy we knew that it (gunfire) was behind us." 

Since the Las Vegas massacre, Christopher Cook says, he has not stopped attending festivals, but now he is very alert to the location of the nearest exit.

George Cook tells CNN the two experiences were very different for him, but that he didn't feel much because he has been to a lot of festivals since Las Vegas.

"Time heals all," he says. "I'm not gonna change what I do or how I enjoy myself."

a group of people on a city street: People visit the memorial in the middle of Las Vegas Blvd, across from the scene of the massacre, Friday, October 6, 2017. © Tom Tingle/The Republic People visit the memorial in the middle of Las Vegas Blvd, across from the scene of the massacre, Friday, October 6, 2017. Survivors: Some Thousand Oaks victims survived mass shooting in Las Vegas

For her part, Olive says the twin tragedies have taught her an important lesson: Massacres can happen anywhere, anytime.

“We can’t tell that to the families that lost someone. Say, ‘oh well that’s life, that’s America,'" she tells KTXL. "It’s not enough. It’s time to say enough is enough."

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