© Reuters. Law enforcement officials detain a person, believed by regulation enforcement to be the Half Moon Bay mass taking pictures suspect, in Half Moon Bay, California, U.S., January 23, 2023, on this screengrab taken from a social media video. Kati McHugh through REUTERS
By Daniel Trotta
(Reuters) -Seven folks have been killed in a mass taking pictures at two places within the coastal northern California metropolis of Half Moon Bay on Monday, and the suspect was arrested after driving to a police car parking zone, apparently making an attempt to show himself in, officers mentioned.
The taking pictures in Half Moon Bay, about 30 miles (50 km) south of San Francisco, got here on the heels of one other mass taking pictures within the southern California metropolis of Monterey Park on Saturday that killed 11 folks.
California Governor Gavin Newsom mentioned he was visiting Monterey Park victims within the hospital when he was referred to as away and knowledgeable of the taking pictures in Half Moon Bay, about 380 miles (610 km) to the north.
“Tragedy upon tragedy,” Newsom mentioned on Twitter.
The agricultural space was lately pounded by a collection of heavy rainstorms that brought about in depth harm, affecting immigrant laborers within the space, farm employee advocates mentioned. A collection of atmospheric rivers within the three weeks following Christmas killed 20 folks statewide.
San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus recognized the suspect as Chunli Zhao, 67, and mentioned he labored at one of many taking pictures places. Corpus referred to as the websites nurseries, and different officers mentioned they have been staffed by farm staff. Native media described at the least one in every of them as a mushroom farm.
“There have been farm staff affected tonight. There have been youngsters on the scene on the incidents. It is a really heartbreaking tragedy in our neighborhood,” San Mateo County Supervisor Ray Mueller informed reporters. “The quantity of stress that is been on this neighborhood for weeks is basically fairly excessive.”
The suspect was cooperating with investigators however a motive had but to be established, Corpus mentioned.
A semi-automatic handgun was present in his automobile, she mentioned.
Deputies responding to a name discovered 4 folks lifeless and a fifth sufferer with life-threatening wounds on the first location in Half Moon Bay, then discovered three extra lifeless at one other place close by, Corpus informed a information convention.
Video on ABC 7 from the Bay Space confirmed the arrest as two males in plainclothes and one uniformed deputy, weapons drawn, ordered the person out of his automobile. The suspect got here out, was thrown to the bottom and looked for weapons. A number of uniformed officers rapidly arrived on the scene with lengthy weapons.
Corpus mentioned investigators speculate that the suspect drove to the station to show himself in. The outline of automobile and license plate have been already circulating amongst regulation enforcement when a deputy noticed the automobile within the car parking zone, Corpus mentioned.
A girl who witnessed the arrest informed reporters she had gone to the sheriff’s division to get extra info as she was concerned in agriculture and anxious concerning the well-being of the farm staff.
“I got here down right here to seek out out what I might concerning the state of affairs and why this occurred and I hadn’t anticipated to get fairly that near it,” Kati McHugh informed reporters on the scene. “It was just a little too shut for my consolation.”
There have been 38 mass shootings in the USA within the first 21 days of the yr, in response to the Gun Violence Archive, which describes a mass taking pictures as 4 or extra folks shot or killed, not together with the shooter.