At least 7 dead, 1 injured and suspect in custody after shootings in Half Moon Bay, California


YEREVAN, JANUARY 24, ARTSAKHPRESS. At least seven people were killed and one person critically injured in shootings at two separate locations in a small coastal community in central California, United States, becoming the state’s second mass shooting in three days, CNN reported citing law enforcement officials.

The suspect, identified as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, was taken into custody more than two hours after the shootings in Half Moon Bay Monday, according to San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus.

Authorities believe Zhao acted alone, with Corpus noting a motive was not known Monday night and there isn’t a threat to the community.

“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the families touched by this unspeakable act of violence,” CNN quoted Corpus as saying Monday night during a news conference.

At 2:22 p.m., deputies were alerted to a shooting in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County, nearly 30 miles south of San Francisco, the sheriff said. They found four victims dead and one wounded upon arrival at the first location, and soon after, three more victims were found dead at a separate site, Corpus said.

One shooting took place at a mushroom farm and another near a trucking facility, approximately two miles from the farm, Dave Pine, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, earlier told CNN.

At 4:40 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy located the suspect in his vehicle in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay, Corpus said, and he was taken into custody without incident. A semi-automatic handgun was found in his vehicle at that time, she said.

The tragedy unfolded just days after another mass shooting in southern California Saturday night left 11 dead in Monterey Park.

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