Update: Half Moon Bay Shooter Taken Into Custody and Identified: 67-Year-Old Zhao Chunli Shot and Killed at Least 7 Chinese Farmworkers
Update: The Half Moon Bay mass shooter has been taken into custody and identified as 67-year-old Zhao Chunli.
*Update* Suspect is in custody. There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time.
— San Mateo County S.O (@SMCSheriff) January 24, 2023
According to early reports, 4 people total were shot dead in Half Moon Bay on Monday afternoon.
However, it is now being reported at least 7 Chinese farmworkers were found dead at a home on a mushroom farm and nearby.
Another deceased victim was found nearby but police don’t know if the two shootings are connected.
Zhao Chunli turned himself in on Monday evening.
suspect Zhao Chunli
The motive for the mass shooting is still not known.
NBC Bay Area reported:
Seven people were shot and killed in two separate locations in Half Moon Bay Monday afternoon, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Four victims were found dead at about 2:22 p.m. along the 12700 block of Cabrillo Highway, the sheriff’s office said. Another victim was transported to Stanford Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Shortly after that discovery, three more victims were found dead at separate scene in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.
The suspect, 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Zhao Chunli, was taken into custody at about 4:40 p.m. after he was found in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay substation, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken into custody without incident and a weapon was found in his car.
The victims are Chinese farmworkers, Half Moon Bay Councilmember Debbie Ruddock said.
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