At least seven people are dead after yet another mass shooting—this one in Half Moon Bay, California, a small town just south of San Francisco.
The shooting occurred around 2:20 p.m. at two separate locations, police said. Four victims were found at a mushroom farm off Highway 92, while two more people were killed at a trucking company between one and three miles away. A third victim at this second location was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later died.
A fourth person there was shot and hospitalized with “life-threatening injuries,” police said.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said a suspect, a 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident named Zhao Chunli, turned himself in to authorities around 4:40 p.m. Police released what they identified as Zhao’s driver’s license photo shortly after.
The weapon used in the shooting was found in Zhao’s vehicle, with Sheriff Christina Corpus describing it as a “semi-automatic handgun” in a press conference on Monday evening.
Corpus said that Zhao was fully cooperating with authorities. A motive in the shooting had not yet been established, she added, but said that he was “believed to be a worker” at one of the targeted businesses.
Zhao was characterized as a “disgruntled worker” by David Pine, the president of San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, according to the Associated Press.
“This is a devastating tragedy for this community, and the families touched by this unspeakable act of violence,” said Corpus, who was sworn in as county sheriff just a few weeks ago. She said she hadn’t spoken with any of the victims’ relatives yet, with police waiting for positive identifications to be made by the coroner’s office.
Local media outlets, including KGO-TV, were on hand to film the arrest, which was made without incident in the parking lot of a sheriff substation. Footage shows a man in a white baseball hat being pulled to the ground by officers, who then place him in handcuffs, haul him up, and lead him away.
“There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a tweet minutes later.
Debbie Ruddock, a city councilwoman representing Half Moon Bay’s population of roughly 12,000 people, said the victims were all Chinese farmworkers—though a motive for the shooting remains unknown.
A family reunification center was set up at the IDES Hall in Half Moon Bay, on Main Street.
The country’s latest deadly mass shooting took place less than two days after 11 people were killed at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, around 380 miles away, in the midst of the community’s Lunar New Year celebrations. The suspect in that Saturday night shooting died of a self-inflicted gunshot after a standoff with a SWAT team.
Speaking at the Monday evening press conference, Pine, the president of the board of supervisors, condemned the recent spate of gun violence in particularly fierce terms.
“Gun violence in this country is at completely unacceptable levels,” he said. “It’s really hit home tonight. Our hearts are broken… But in the end, there are simply too many guns in this country. And there has to be a change. this is not an acceptable way for a modern society to live, to conduct its affairs.”
Elected officials at the state and local level alike had been quick to join in on grieving the shooting in the hours that followed the attack.
“At the hospital meeting with victims of a mass shooting when I get pulled away to be briefed about another shooting,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom had tweeted on Monday afternoon. “This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy upon tragedy.”
“Two hours ago I joined my colleagues on the Capitol steps for a vigil for the victims of the shooting in Monterey Park,” tweeted Marc Berman, a Democrat serving on the California State Assembly. “Before we’ve even had a chance to mourn them, there is yet another mass shooting — this time in Half Moon Bay. In my district.”
President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting by Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, his Homeland Security adviser, the White House said.
Biden “has asked federal law enforcement to provide any necessary assistance to the local authorities,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted. “As more details become available, the President will be updated.”