At least seven people were killed and one person was seriously injured on Monday in a shooting at two separate locations in a small coastal community in central California, becoming the state’s second mass shooting in three days, officials said.
The suspect, identified as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, was in custody more than two hours after the shootings in Half Moon Bay, according to San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus.
Authorities believe Zhao acted alone, with Corpus noting that a motive was unknown Monday night and that there was no threat to the community.
“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the families affected by this unspeakable act of violence,” Corpus said Monday night during a news conference.
At 2:22 p.m., deputies were alerted to a shooting in unincorporated San Mateo County, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, the sheriff said. They found four victims dead and one injured when they arrived at the first location, and three more victims were found dead at another location soon after, Corpus said.
One shooting happened at a mushroom farm and another near a trucking facility, about two miles from the farm, Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, told CNN earlier.
At 4:40 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy located the suspect in his vehicle in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay, Corpus said, and he was taken into custody without incident. A semi-automatic handgun was found in his car at the time, she said.
“This kind of shooting is horrific,” Corpus said at the news conference. “It’s a tragedy we hear about all too often, but today it felt right at home here in San Mateo County.”
The tragedy unfolded just days after another mass shooting in Southern California on Saturday night left 11 dead in Monterey Parkshattering the sense of safety in the predominantly Asian city on the eve of Lunar New Year.
Overall, the U.S. has seen at least 38 mass shootings this month, according to Gun Violence Archive. The Archive and CNN define a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are injured or killed, excluding the shooter.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was meeting at a hospital with victims of the Monterey Park mass shooting when he was “pulled over to be informed of another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay.
“Tragedy after Tragedy,” Newsom tweeted.
San Mateo County Supervisor Ray Mueller said the Half Moon Bay community needs to come together in treatment as well as support each other in dealing with gun violence.
“There were farm workers affected tonight; there were children at the scene of the accident. This is a truly heartbreaking tragedy in our community,” Mueller said.
Mueller spoke about the mental health toll the violence has unleashed on the community and urged people to seek help.
“Please take advantage of the mental health crisis counseling available,” he said, adding that anyone can contact county hotline. “You are not alone.”
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