HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – Seven people were killed and an eighth was injured in back-to-back shooting sprees at two mushroom farms in Northern California Monday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
The alleged shooter, 66-year-old Chunli Zhao, had been employed at one of the farms and was arrested at a sheriff’s substation parking lot. Officials are considering the incident a “workplace violence” case.
“All of the evidence we have right now points to a workplace violence incident,” said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Eamonn Allen.
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SHERIFF ON LATEST CALIF. MASS SHOOTING:
– 7 dead in attack targeting farm workers
– Suspect Zhao Chunli, 67, ‘believed to be a worker’
– Chunli in custody & ‘acted alone’
– Motive unknownhttps://t.co/4AD0VDwnGi pic.twitter.com/Wb4bQeZbsn
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The firearm used was a semi-automatic handgun that was legally purchased, Allen said.
The victims were a mix of Asian and Hispanic migrant workers.
This tragedy occurred on the heels of another mass shooting at a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, which left 11 dead. A motive for that shooting is still being investigated.
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