Seven people were killed in a mass shooting that spanned two separate scenes 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. at a nursery 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 another nursery in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.
San Mateo County officials provide updates on the Half Moon Bay mass shooting that left at least seven dead Monday.
Authorities identified the suspect as 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Zhao Chunli. He was taken into custody without incident at about 4:40 p.m. after he was found in his vehicle in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office substation in Half Moon Bay, the sheriff’s office said. A semi-automatic handgun was found in his car.
Authorities believe Chunli acted alone, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said. A motive for the shooting spree wasn’t immediately known.
The victims are believed to be workers on the properties, Corpus said. Half Moon Bay Councilmember Debbie Ruddock said the victims are Chinese farmworkers.
“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the families touched by this unspeakable act of violence,” Corpus said.
A family reunification center has been set up at IDES Hall, which is located at 735 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.
Resident Tom Watson describes the “scary” and “unsettling” scene in Half Moon Bay after a deadly shooting left at least seven dead Monday.
The shootings in Half Moon Bay come on the heels of a weekend mass shooting in the Southern California city of Monterey Park that left 11 people dead.
“This kind of shooting is horrific,” Corpus said. “It’s a tragedy that we hear about far too often, but today it’s hit home here in San Mateo County.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was meeting with victims of the Monterey Park shooting when he learned about the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay.
“Tragedy upon tragedy,” he said.
Other local, state and federal leaders issued similar sentiments.
This is a developing story. Details may change as more information becomes available. Stay tuned for updates.