WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Law enforcement apprehended the suspect of a mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, California.
- The suspect killed seven and injured another at two farms in the coastal city.
- The man is reportedly a “disgruntled worker” who was employed in one of the nurseries.
A deadly shooting in the coastal city of Half Moon Bay is the second mass shooting in California within a few days. The suspect, reportedly a “disgruntled worker,” allegedly killed seven coworkers and injured another at two farms on Monday afternoon.
According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office, the suspect fatally shot four people and injured another at one nursery, and killed three more at another nursery. The two locations were separated by several miles on the city outskirts. Law enforcement found the victims at around 2:30 p.m. on Monday.
Sheriff Christina Corpus said that the suspect, identified as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, was found in a vehicle in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation. He surrendered to deputies without incident and is now “fully cooperating” with investigators after his arrest.
Authorities found a semi-automatic weapon in his vehicle. They have yet to find a definite motive but he is believed to have acted alone.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine said that Zhao, who is also a resident of Half Moon Bay, was a “disgruntled worker” who worked for one of the nurseries.
The victims were also nursery employees and lived at the locations with their families. Some of the victims were reportedly shot in front of terrified children.
Corpus said at a press conference, “For children to witness this is unspeakable. This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the many families touched by this unspeakable act of violence.”
Just days ago, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran killed 10 and injured 10 more in a shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California. Tran fatally shot himself when police tried to apprehend him.
“We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay. The scourge of gun violence has sadly hit home. We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park,” Pine stated. “The State of California has among the strictest gun laws in the United States, which we have strengthened through local action here, but more must be done. The status quo cannot be tolerated.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was still comforting victims of the Monterey Park shooting when he “got pulled away to be briefed about another shooting” in Half Moon Bay. “Tragedy upon tragedy,” he wrote on Twitter.
California State Sen. Josh Becker tweeted, “Gun violence has come to our district today and I will do whatever I can to support the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and Half Moon Bay city officials during this tragic event. We will continue to monitor this situation. My thoughts go out to all affected.”
Source: New York Post