HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A gunman killed seven people at two locations in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Monday, shaking a state that was still mourning another mass shooting less than 48 hours before.
The police arrested Zhao Chunli, 66, of Half Moon Bay, in connection with the shootings after he was found in his car in the parking lot of a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office substation in the town, officials said. They added that there was no continuing threat to the community.
The suspect was taken into custody “without incident” and was “fully cooperating,” Sheriff Christina Corpus said. When an officer first spotted the car at the substation, the suspect was unwilling to get out, she said at a news conference, and there was some difficulty in communicating with him because he spoke only Mandarin Chinese. But officers eventually lured him out of the vehicle and arrested him.
The authorities have not established a motive for the shooting, according to Capt. Eamonn Allen of the sheriff’s department. Local law enforcement was working with the F.B.I. and had not uncovered a criminal history for the suspect or any records of past incidents at either crime scene, he said. The sheriff said the suspect was employed at the first shooting location, a mushroom farm, and that the signs so far pointed to a workplace-related shooting.
The dead included six men and one woman, the sheriff said, adding that another man was wounded by gunfire and was hospitalized in critical condition. The United Farm Workers union said in a statement that the seven people who were killed were farm workers.
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Source: NY Times