7 dead in second California mass shootings in days
At least seven people have died following a second mass shooting in California on Monday – just two days after one of the state’s worst mass shootings, which claimed the lives of 11 people.
The newest attacks occurred at two separate locations in the coastal city of Half Moon Bay (about 30 miles south of San Francisco).
The shooter was identified as 67-year-old Zhao Chunli, a local resident.
The suspect on Monday was filmed by news cameras turning himself in about two hours after the attack.
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The first four victims were discovered at a mushroom farm around 14:22 local time, while the other three were later found at a nearby trucking business.
At the moment, no motive has been provided for this attack.
San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said the suspect was arrested after driving himself to a local police station.
At a news conference, she confirmed the suspect was found with a semi-automatic pistol that may have been used in the attack and is currently “cooperating” with police, she added.
Mrs Corpus added that an eighth victim is being treated in hospital and is in critical condition.
“This kind of shooting is horrific,” she said. “It’s a tragedy we hear about far too often, but today it’s hit home here in San Mateo County.”
The Sherriff said 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.
The victims are reported to be Chinese farmworkers, and the local press is reporting on speculation that the crime was committed by a “disgruntled worker”.
California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted: “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.”