Chunli Zhao is a man from California who would murder 7 fellow farm workers in Half Moon Bay. According to police reports following a disagreement at work Chunli Zhao would murder four people at the Concord Farms, and three more Mountain Mushroom Farms two miles away. Chunli Zhao would be quickly arrested and taken into custody. This latest mass shooting is just 24 hours removed from 11 people being shot and killed by Huu Can Tran at a dance studio in Monterey Bay
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Seven people were killed in a mass shooting that spanned two separate scenes in Half Moon Bay Monday afternoon, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Four victims with gunshot wounds were found dead at about 2:22 p.m. at a nursery along the 12700 block of San Mateo Road (Highway 92), the sheriff’s office said. Another shooting victim was taken to Stanford Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Shortly after that discovery, three more shooting victims were found dead at another nursery along the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway South, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities identified the suspect as 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Chunli Zhao. He was taken into custody without incident at about 4:40 p.m. after he was found in his vehicle in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office substation in Half Moon Bay, the sheriff’s office said. A semi-automatic handgun was found in his car.
Zhao shot three of his victims in the trailers where they lived next to the field where they worked, and then gunned down two others in the field itself, officials said.
“They were farmworkers affected tonight. There were children on the scene of the incident. This is truly a heartbreaking incident in our community,” said Supervisor Ray Mueller.
Authorities believe Zhao acted alone, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said. A motive for the shooting spree wasn’t immediately known.
The victims are believed to be workers on the properties, Corpus said. Half Moon Bay Councilmember Debbie Ruddock said the victims are Chinese farmworkers.
“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the families touched by this unspeakable act of violence,” Corpus said.
A family reunification center was set up at IDES Hall, which is located at 735 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.
The shootings in Half Moon Bay come on the heels of a weekend mass shooting in the Southern California city of Monterey Park that left 11 people dead.
“This kind of shooting is horrific,” Corpus said. “It’s a tragedy that we hear about far too often, but today it’s hit home here in San Mateo County.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was meeting with victims of the Monterey Park shooting when he learned about the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay.
“Tragedy upon tragedy,” he said in a tweet.