A gunman killed seven people at two Northern California farms, once again plunging the state into mourning after the third massacre in eight days.
Officers arrested a suspect in Monday’s shooting, Chunli Zhao, 67, after they found him in his car in the parking lot of the sheriff’s substation, San Mateo County Sheriff Cristina Corpus said.
According to the sheriff’s office, seven people were found dead and an eighth injured at the farm and elsewhere a few miles away.
Officials believe that Zhao worked at one of the facilities and that workers were also victims, the Corps said.
Officials have not determined a motive for the shooting.
California is still reeling from the attack on the Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, which killed 11 people and cast a shadow over an important holiday for many Asian American communities.
Authorities are still looking for a motive for the crime. Saturday shooting.
“For the second time in recent days, California communities are mourning the loss of loved ones in a senseless act of gun violence.” President Joe Biden said Tuesday morning. “While we await further details about these shootings, we know that the scourge of gun violence in America calls for stronger action.”
The New Year brought six massacres to the US in less than three weeks, resulting in 39 deaths. Three cases have occurred in California since January 16. database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University. The database tracks every mass murder committed in the US since 2006, defined as four people, not including the perpetrator.
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The killings took place on the outskirts of Crescent Bay, a city about 30 miles south of San Francisco.
Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor Joaquin Jimenez said Chinese and Hispanic farm workers were among the victims. According to her, some workers lived at one of the facilities, and the children could have witnessed the shooting.
Corps said it was not immediately clear how the two sites were connected.
The sheriff’s office first received reports of the shooting in the afternoon and found four people dead and a fifth injured at the first scene. Officers then found three more people nearby, mortally wounded, Captain Eamonn Allen said in a press release.
About two hours later, the deputy sheriff noticed Zhao’s car parked outside the sheriff’s office at the mall and arrested him.
Video of the arrest shows three policemen approaching a parked car with their weapons drawn. Zhao got out of the car, the police pushed him to the ground, handcuffed him, and took him away.
A weapon was found in his car, officials said.
The video was filmed by Cathy McHugh, a Half Moon Bay resident who witnessed the arrest.
The Sheriff’s Department believes that Zhao acted alone.
“We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened and why, but it’s just incredibly, incredibly tragic,” said State Senator Josh Becker, who represents the area and called it a “very close-knit” farming community.
Television aerial footage showed police gathering evidence at a farm with dozens of greenhouses.
Half Moon Bay is a small coastal town with agricultural roots and is home to about 12,000 people.
The city and surrounding areas of San Mateo County are known for growing flowers as well as vegetables such as Brussels sprouts.
It is a predominantly white community and about 5% of the population is Asiaaccording to the census.
“We are sick of today’s tragedy at Crescent Bay,” Pyne said. “We didn’t even have time to mourn those who died in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted that he was “at a meeting in the hospital with victims of a mass shooting when I was taken away to be briefed on another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy after tragedy.
On January 16, a teenage mother and her child were among six people killed in a shooting at a home in California’s Central Valley.
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