HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A gunman killed seven people at two locations in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday, shaking a state still in mourning for another mass shooting just days earlier.
Police arrested Zhao Chunli, 67, of Half Moon Bay in connection with the shooting after he was found in his car in the parking lot of a substation belonging to the County Sheriff’s Office San Mateo in town, the sheriff’s office said, and there was no evidence. continue to threaten the community.
Sheriff Christina Corpus said he was taken into custody “without incident” and “fully cooperated”. Investigators believe he acted alone, she said.
According to Captain Eamonn Allen of the sheriff’s department, investigators have yet to determine a motive. He said local authorities are working with the FBI and have found no criminal history or past incidents at either crime scene.
“Tragedy follows tragedy,” said Governor Newsom.
Monday’s shooting took place around 2:20 p.m. in Half Moon Bay, a rural seaside town between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The beaches are a popular surfing destination, and the mountains inland are home to one of the state’s oldest farming communities, which employs migrant workers.
At least one of the two sites is a plant nursery, the sheriff’s office said.
“There are farmers affected tonight. There were children at the scene at the incident. This is a truly heartbreaking tragedy in our community,” San Mateo County Supervisor Ray Mueller said at a news conference, where he alluded to The storm ravaged the area in recent weeks. “The stress level in this community for weeks is really quite high.”
The sheriff’s office said four people were found dead at a location near Highway 92, and a fifth person with life-threatening injuries was taken from that location to Stanford Medical Center. Three more were found dead about a mile away, on the outskirts of the city.
The sheriff’s office said late Monday that it was working to identify the victims and notify their families. The Corpus police chief said all the victims were adults, but some workers lived at the site of the shooting with children.
“It was in the afternoon, when the kids were out of school,” she said. “For children to witness this is indescribable.”
No link between the two locations is immediately known. The Corpus police chief said police believe the suspect is a worker at the plant nursery where one of the attacks took place. She said the gunman was driving from one location to another, and a semi-automatic handgun was found in his vehicle.
Video of the substation parking lot where the suspect was arrested shows three officers pulling him out of a dark brown SUV. They then pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him as he lay there.
The suspect spoke Mandarin and had difficulty with English, the sheriff’s office said. Captain Allen said investigators invited a mandarin-speaking detective to question him.
During the afternoon, a nonprofit group transported people in trucks from the crime scene to the family reunification center at IDES Spanish Hall, a community center run by a religious association in the heart of the city. Half Moon Bay Street.
About 40 people took shelter there on Monday night. Among them were both the elderly and children, including one who played with a German shepherd police dog.
Although the identities of the victims are not known, at least one of the shooting scenes was an agricultural area, where the workers also lived.
Lorena González Fletcher, president of the California Labor Federation, said many farmers in the area are in a vulnerable position because they have low wages and often hold temporary or undocumented work visas. She added that the United Farmworkers union provided emergency aid in the area following the recent flooding.
Elizabeth Strater, the alliance’s director of strategic campaigns, said: “It’s heartbreaking to think about the families torn apart just trying to live their lives.
At the community center, workers on the transportation team spoke in Spanish with some of the families, while another nonprofit coordinated supplies. One volunteer asked a police officer standing guard at the door what size diapers they needed.