Authorities are working to understand why a 67-year-old man may have killed seven people in a small coastal town near San Francisco – the third mass shooting to stun California in as many days and one that left another Asian American community reeling.
Just hours after the suspect in Monday’s Half Moon Bay bombings, Chunli Zhao, was taken into custody while parked at a sheriff’s substation with a semi-automatic handgun in his vehicle, someone else was killed and seven people injured in a flurry of bullets along a road in Oaklandsaid the San Mateo Sheriff and Oakland Police.
Following the shooting death of 11 people by a 72-year-old shooter during Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park, the massacres pushed the state’s carnage toll to 19 dead in mass shootings in just 44 hours – and contributed to 39 mass shootings stopwatch so far this year in the scourge of gun violence in America.
California Governor Gavin Newsom was at a hospital meeting with victims of the Monterey Park carnage when he was ‘removed to be briefed on another shooting – this time in Half Moon Bay’, he said. declared.
“Tragedy Upon Tragedy”, Newsom tweeted.
“This kind of shooting is horrific,” San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said Monday night, detailing the shootings at two sites in the Half Moon Bay community of some 11,000 people. “It’s a tragedy we hear about too often, but today it struck here in San Mateo County.”
Investigators were working with the district attorney to question Zhao, of Half Moon Bay, who was cooperating with authorities after he was apprehended about two hours after gunshots were reported around 2:22 p.m., the sheriff said.
“We know that some of the victims were Chinese, that the attacker was Chinese, and that they were from a farming community – they were farm workers,” the mayor of Half Moon Bay told CNN This Morning on Tuesday. , Deborah Penrose.
One shooting took place at a mushroom farm and another near a trucking facility about two miles away, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Pine said. Officers found four victims dead and one injured at one site and three more dead at the other, Corpus said. The location where the shooting began is still under investigation.
The injured person was in critical condition in hospital Monday evening, Corpus said.
The owners of the mushroom house had no prior knowledge of the shooter or his motive, they said in a statement.
“We are shaken and very excited for more information from authorities and their investigations,” Concord Farms said in a statement to CNN. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the Chinese-American community – from Half Moon Bay to Monterey Park.”
His own town still stunned by violence, the mayor of Monterey Park offered his condolences to the residents of Half Moon Bay, saying the community is now on the “long road to recovery.”
“I know what awaits them in the next few days,” Mayor Henry Lo said.
The Half Moon Bay community must unite in healing – and support each other fight against gun violence – said San Mateo County Supervisor Ray Mueller.
“There were farm workers affected tonight; there were children at the scene during the incidents. This is a truly heartbreaking tragedy in our community,” Mueller said.
Mueller spoke of the mental health toll the violence has taken in the community and urged people to seek help, especially as the city attempts to recover from the impact of recent deadly floods which spanned large swaths of the state.
“Please take advantage of the mental health crisis counseling that is available,” he said, adding that anyone can contact the county hotline. “You’re not alone.”
Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor Joaquin Jimenez also urged residents to seek mental health counseling.
“It’s something we can see on the news. Never think it’s going to come home knocking,” Jimenez said. “Today we’re making the news. Our community has been affected.