At least seven people were killed and one person was seriously injured in the shooting on Monday. Two separate locations A small coastal community in central California marked the state’s second mass shooting in three days, officials said.
The suspect, identified as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, was taken into custody more than two hours after the shooting in Half Moon Bay, according to San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus.
Authorities believe Zhao acted alone, with the Corps noting that his motive was unknown Monday night and there is 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 during a news conference Monday night.
At 2:22 p.m., deputies were called to a shooting in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, the sheriff said. The corps said that when they first arrived at the scene, they found four victims dead and one injured, and shortly thereafter, three more victims were found dead at a separate location.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine previously told CNN that one shooting happened at a mushroom farm and the other near a trucking facility, about two miles from the farm.
At 4:40 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy found the suspect in his vehicle in the parking lot of the sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay, and he was taken into custody without incident, the corps said. A semi-automatic handgun was found in his vehicle at that time, he said.
“This type of shooting is horrific,” Corpus said at the news conference. “It’s a tragedy we hear about often but today hit home here in San Mateo County.”
The tragedy comes just days after another mass shooting in Southern California on Saturday night 11 people died in Monterey Park.Shaking the sense of security on the occasion of Conservation Day in a predominantly Asian city Lunar New Year.
In total, the U.S. has seen at least 38 mass shootings this month. Gun Violence Archive. The Archive and CNN define a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are injured or killed in addition to the shooter.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was visiting victims of the Monterey Park mass shooting at the hospital when he was pulled away “for a briefing about another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay.”
“Tragedy on Tragedy,” Newsom Tweeted.
San Mateo County Supervisor Ray Mueller said the Half Moon Bay community needs to come together in healing as well as support each other in the fight against gun violence.
“Farm workers were affected tonight. There were children at the scene. This is a truly heartbreaking tragedy in our community,” Mueller said.
Mueller spoke about the mental health that violence has created in the community and urged people to seek help.
“Please take advantage of the mental health crisis counseling that is available,” she said, adding that anyone can access it. County hotline. “You are not alone.”