Half Moon Bay Shooting: 7 People Killed, Suspect in Custody

At least seven people were killed Monday in a mass shooting at two farms in Half Moon Bay, California, authorities said.

One person was also taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

All victims – seven men and one woman – were adults, authorities said. The victims were of Asian and Hispanic descent as well.

The suspect has been identified as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao. Workplace violence is believed to be the motive for the shooting. 

This is the state’s second mass shooting in three days.

Zhao worked at one of the shooting locations, Mountain Mushroom Farm, and his semi-automatic handgun was legally purchased, according to authorities. It’s still unclear what connection he may have had with the victims beyond being co-workers. Zhao was not initially known to the police before the incident.

The gunman is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. Prosecutors will review the case and decide on charges, officials said. 

The coroner’s office is working to notify the victim’s next of kin, but authorities said it’s difficult to reach families because some victims are migrants.

President Joe Biden released a statement on Tuesday in the wake of the deadly mass shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park, California.

“Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in the latest tragic shooting in Half Moon Bay, California,” Biden said. “For the second time in recent days, California communities are mourning the loss of loved ones in a senseless act of gun violence.”

“Following a briefing from my homeland security team, I have directed my administration and the broader Half Moon Bay community have the full support of the federal government in the wake of this heinous attack,” the president added.

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