Gunman kills seven people in second mass shooting to hit California in two days

Police officers detain a man, believed by law enforcement to be the Half Moon Bay mass shooting suspect, in Half Moon Bay, California, U.S., January 23, 2023, in this screengrab taken from a social media video. Kati McHugh via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Police have arrested the suspect who is said to be ‘operating’ with them (Picture: Kati McHugh via REUTERS)

A gunman shot dead seven people in front of schoolchildren in California – just two days after 11 people were killed in an attack a few miles away.

Police were called after local resident, Zhao Chunli, 67, gunned down farmworkers near a nursery in Half Moon Bay, California.

It comes just two days after 11 people were shot and killed in the majority-Asian area of Monterey Park, California, during celebrations for the Lunar New Year.

The suspect last night was filmed by news cameras turning himself into the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office about two hours after the attack.

The first four victims were discovered at a mushroom farm around 2.22 pm local time (00.22GMT), while the other three were later found at a nearby trucking business.

Investigators have not yet provided a motive for this attack.

San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said at a news conference that the suspect was arrested after driving himself to a local police station just before 5pm local time.

Police at the scene of the mass shooting in California (Picture: AP)

Seven people were killed by the shooter (Picture: AP)

Officers were called after reports of gunfire at a farm in Half Moon Bay (Picture: AP)

He was found with a semi-automatic pistol that may have been used in the attack, and is currently ‘co-operating’ with police, she added.

Mrs Corpus added that an eighth victim is being treated in hospital and is in critical condition.

She said: ‘This kind of shooting is horrific…It’s a tragedy we hear about far too often, but today it’s hit home here in San Mateo County.’

In a news conference, the sheriff also confirmed that witnesses included children who had recently been let out of school and lived on the rural property.

‘For children to witness this is unspeakable,’ she said.

California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted that he was ‘at the hospital meeting with victims of a mass shooting when I get pulled away to be briefed about another shooting.

‘This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy upon tragedy.’

Half Moon Bay Council member Debbie Ruddock told NBC that the victims were Chinese farmworkers.

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine told the Associated Press news agency that the attacks were committed by a ‘disgruntled worker’.

‘We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay,’ Mr Pine 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.’.

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Source:: Metro


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