7 killed, suspected gunman arrested

Seven people were killed and another person critically injured Monday after separate shootings in Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said. The suspected gunman was arrested hours after the shootings. Deputies went to the 12700 block of San Mateo Road in unincorporated San Mateo County after a call around 2:20 p.m. about a shooting with multiple victims, the sheriff’s office said. There, they found five people with gunshot wounds. Four of them were dead, and the fifth person was transported to Stanford Medical Center in critical condition. The sheriff’s office said shortly after discovering those five victims, deputies found three more victims — all dead — in the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway South.At a press conference, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said both locations were roughly a mile apart. NBC affiliate KNTV reported that the victims were Chinese farmworkers, according to city council member Debbie Ruddock.Watch the full press conference in the video player belowThe sheriff’s office identified 67-year-old Chunli Zhao of Half Moon Bay as the suspected gunman, the sheriff’s office said. At 4:40 p.m., over two hours after the report of the shooting, deputies found Zhao in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay Substation. He was arrested there, and deputies said they found the weapon used in the shootings. Zhao faces a number of charges, including the discharge firearm enhancement for most violent felonies with grave bodily injuries. He faces attempted murder in the first degree and willfull, deliberate and premeditated murder charges. He is not eligible for bail.Watch the arrest in the video belowThe weapon used was a semi-automatic handgun, Corpus said, but she would not comment on if the gun was a legal firearm.Corpus said Zhao drove to the second location. As of Monday night, his motive for the shootings remains unknown, as well as the connection between the gunman and victims. Zhao is also believed to have been a farmworker.The victims will be identified by the coroner’s office, Corpus said. “We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay,”Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement. “The scourge of gun violence has sadly hit home. We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop. The State of California has among the strictest gun laws in the United States, which we have strengthened through local action here, but more must be done. The status quo cannot be tolerated.”White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has been briefed on the Half Moon Bay shooting. Biden has asked federal law enforcement to provide any assistance to local agencies.California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted that he is also aware of the Half Moon Bay shooting.Newsom will no longer be making a planned appearance at the National Governor’s Association event in Los Angeles. He will instead be going to Half Moon Bay on Tuesday.

Seven people were killed and another person critically injured Monday after separate shootings in Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said. The suspected gunman was arrested hours after the shootings.

Deputies went to the 12700 block of San Mateo Road in unincorporated San Mateo County after a call around 2:20 p.m. about a shooting with multiple victims, the sheriff’s office said. There, they found five people with gunshot wounds. Four of them were dead, and the fifth person was transported to Stanford Medical Center in critical condition.

The sheriff’s office said shortly after discovering those five victims, deputies found three more victims — all dead — in the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway South.

At a press conference, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said both locations were roughly a mile apart. NBC affiliate KNTV reported that the victims were Chinese farmworkers, according to city council member Debbie Ruddock.

Watch the full press conference in the video player below

The sheriff’s office identified 67-year-old Chunli Zhao of Half Moon Bay as the suspected gunman, the sheriff’s office said. At 4:40 p.m., over two hours after the report of the shooting, deputies found Zhao in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay Substation. He was arrested there, and deputies said they found the weapon used in the shootings.

Zhao faces a number of charges, including the discharge firearm enhancement for most violent felonies with grave bodily injuries. He faces attempted murder in the first degree and willfull, deliberate and premeditated murder charges. He is not eligible for bail.

Watch the arrest in the video below

The weapon used was a semi-automatic handgun, Corpus said, but she would not comment on if the gun was a legal firearm.

Half Moon Bay shootings: 7 killed, suspected gunman arrested

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Corpus said Zhao drove to the second location. As of Monday night, his motive for the shootings remains unknown, as well as the connection between the gunman and victims. Zhao is also believed to have been a farmworker.

The victims will be identified by the coroner’s office, Corpus said.

“We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay,”Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement. “The scourge of gun violence has sadly hit home. We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop. The State of California has among the strictest gun laws in the United States, which we have strengthened through local action here, but more must be done. The status quo cannot be tolerated.”

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has been briefed on the Half Moon Bay shooting. Biden has asked federal law enforcement to provide any assistance to local agencies.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted that he is also aware of the Half Moon Bay shooting.

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Newsom will no longer be making a planned appearance at the National Governor’s Association event in Los Angeles. He will instead be going to Half Moon Bay on Tuesday.

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