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Half Moon Bay shooting: Seven dead as California mourns third mass murder in eight days

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HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA — The state is in mourning again after gunmen killed seven people at two farm operations in Northern California, the third mass murder in eight days.

According to San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus, police arrested 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, the suspect in Monday’s shooting, after finding him in his car in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation. was arrested.

Seven people were found dead and eight wounded at another location several miles away from the farm, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities believe Zhao worked at his one of the facilities, and the victim was also a worker, Corpus said. Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting.

Aerial television images on Monday showed police officers collecting evidence from a farm with dozens of greenhouses believed to be where police found the four bodies. I kept doing it.

California is still reeling from an attack on a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park that killed 11 people and overshadowed a holiday important to many Asian-American communities. Authorities are still looking for a motive for Saturday’s shooting.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday morning, “For the second time in recent days, communities in California are mourning the loss of loved ones to senseless gun violence.” While we await details, we know that the scourge of gun violence across America requires stronger action.”

In the new year, the United States witnessed six mass murders in less than three weeks, killing 39 people. There have been three cases of him in California since January 16, according to one person. database Edited by The Associated Press, USA Today, Northeastern University. This database tracks every mass murder (defined as his four deaths, not including criminals) that has taken place in the United States since 2006.

The killing occurred in a suburb of Half Moon Bay, a city about 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco.

Half Moon Bay Deputy Mayor Joaquin Jimenez said the victims included Chinese and Latino farm workers. Some workers lived in one of the facilities and children may have witnessed the shooting, she said. said it was not clear.

The sheriff’s office first received reports of the shooting in the afternoon and found four dead and five wounded at the first scene. Officers later found three more people fatally shot nearby, Capt. Eamonn Allen said in a news release.

About two hours later, a sheriff’s deputy found Zhao’s car parked outside the sheriff’s substation in a strip mall and arrested him.

A video of the arrest showed three police officers approaching a parked car with weapons drawn. rice field. Officials said a weapon was found in his car. The video was filmed by Katie McHugh, a resident of Half His Moon His Bay who witnessed the arrest.

The Sheriff’s Department believes Zhao acted alone.

“We’re still trying to understand exactly what happened and why, but it’s incredibly, incredibly tragic,” said a representative of the region, who said “very close ,” said Senator Josh Becker, who calls it the farming community.

Half Moon Bay is a small coastal city with agricultural roots and a population of about 12,000. Surrounding San Mateo County is a mix of coastal cities and hills dotted with farms, including flower and tree nurseries as well as ranches. The county also allows marijuana to be grown in greenhouses and nurseries in some areas.

It is a predominantly white community. About a third of the population is Latino and about 5% is Asian, according to census data.

San Mateo County Superintendent Dave Pine said: “We don’t even have time to mourn those who died in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom murmured He was “at the hospital meeting with the victims of a mass shooting when he was pulled away to be briefed on another shooting. This time Half Moon Bay. Tragedy after tragedy.”

On January 16, a shooting at a home in California’s Central Valley left six people dead, including a teenage mother and her baby.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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