Evidence points to 'workplace violence' in Half Moon Bay mass shooting, police say

Evidence points to ‘workplace violence’ in Half Moon Bay mass shooting, police say

Suspect in custody in Half Moon Bay shooting


7 dead in Half Moon Bay shooting, suspect in custody

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Police say evidence indicates that mass shooting in Half Moon BayCalifornia, which left seven people dead and one seriously injured was likely an incident of workplace violence.

The only known connection between the victims and the suspect is that they may have been co-workers, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said in a statement. press conference Tuesday morning.

The shootings took place on Monday at two locations. The first location, Mountain Mushroom Farm, is where the suspect, identified by the sheriff as 66-year-old Chunli Zhao, was allegedly employed. There, authorities found four people dead and one injured. The second location was also a mushroom farm, about a mile away, where authorities found three people dead.

The identity of the victims has not been released as the authorities are still trying to inform the families. Five men and two women were killed, Sheriff Lt. Jonathan Sebring told CBS News in an email Tuesday. Corpus had originally reported that the victims included six men and one woman.

The victims were a mixture of Hispanic and Asian ancestry. Corpus said, and the man who was injured is out of surgery and in stable condition.


Suspect in Half Moon Bay, Calif., shooting in custody

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Public Information Officer Eamonn Allen said he could not say if the victims were random or if they were specifically targeted. He also did not share other information that led authorities to suspect it was an incident of workplace violence.

“I will say there were no specific indicators that would have led us to believe he was capable of something like this, and he wasn’t known to us or had any kind of indicators. , again, that might have led us to believe that this was something he could have done,” Allen said.

Authorities said the weapon used in the shooting was a semi-automatic handgun and was legally purchased and possessed.

Zhao remains in custody after being arrested by members of the sheriff’s department. The Half Moon Bay prosecutor said an arraignment would take place on Wednesday afternoon and said the charges have yet to be determined but will likely involve counts of homicide.


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