replace: 'place of work violence' blamed in Half Moon Bay mass killing spree - CBS San Francisco

HALF MOON BAY -- The sixty six-year-historical gunman who went on a killing spree at two mushroom farms in Half Moon Bay had legally bought his firearm, had no prior contact with local legislation enforcement, and become an worker of 1 of the farms he focused.

At a news convention Tuesday, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus noted six men and two girls have been allegedly shot by using Half Moon Bay resident Chunli Zhao.

snapshot-2.jpg Scene of mass shooting at a mushroom farm in Half Moon Bay, Calif., January 23, 2023. CBS

officers later verified that 5 of the guys and both girls have been killed. A male sufferer underwent surgical procedure at Stanford and is in sturdy condition.

They also validated that Zhao became an worker on the formerly-named Mountain Mushroom Farm, now in operation as California Terra garden, the place four americans were shot lifeless. He had prior to now labored at concord Farms, the 2d taking pictures location, the place authorities pointed out he killed three people.

Corpus observed that the simplest universal connection between the shooter and his victims is that "they might also have been coworkers."  

"the entire proof we've aspects to this being place of work violence," Corpus told reporters. "The Mountain Mushroom Farm, the first location, became where the suspect turned into employed."

"We continue to be greatly surprised and grief- over the senseless lack of four of our pals and lengthy-time personnel, and we pray for the group member that remains in critical circumstance," talked about California Terra garden in a press release.   

Dave Oates, a spokesman for California Terra backyard, demonstrated to KPIX late Tuesday that Zhao once lived at the Mountain Mushroom Farm web site for seven years and that California Terra backyard took over operations in March 2022. 

Oates pointed out there have been three cellular buildings and six trailers for personnel on the premises. lots of the americans who worked in the mushroom farms lived on website with their families in trailers and a few of the babies reportedly witnessed the violence. these families were quickly relocated to area resorts joining other farmworker families displaced by way of contemporary floods in the area.

Corpus talked about the coroner's workplace became dealing with the intricate challenge of notifying the households of the seven people who had been killed because many were migrants.


Zhao changed into booked into the San Mateo County Maguire Correctional Facility on seven counts of first-degree homicide and one count number of tried murder. every count number also covered an enhancement of using a firearm all through the alleged crimes.

He changed into set to be officially charged at a Wednesday arraignment. 

"Zhao had no usual crook heritage in San Mateo County and there were no previous components regular to legislation enforcement that might have cautioned Zhao changed into about to carry out this heinous act of violence," officers pointed out in a news unlock.

The incident began with San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies being dispatched at 2:22 p.m. to the Mountain Mushroom Farm on San Mateo road close highway 1 in unincorporated San Mateo County on a file of a capturing with distinctive victims.

Upon arrival, deputies found four victims deceased with gunshot wounds. A fifth sufferer, also suffering from gunshot wounds, became transported to Stanford scientific center with existence-threatening accidents.  

Deputies then raced to the second capturing scene -- this one at an additional mushroom farm determined at 2125 Cabrillo highway S./toll road 1. Three other deceased victims had been discovered there a short time later, the sheriff's workplace mentioned. 

whereas it was no longer clear yet how both organizations may be connected, the suspect turned into described as a disgruntled employee who labored at one of the most farms. 

A view from above the mushroom farm showed deputies and law enforcement personnel gathered outside one in every of many greenhouses on the web site. What seemed to be a physique below a yellow tarp became visible on the entrance to some of the greenhouses.

snapshot-1.jpg Officers take a person recognized as Chunli Zhao into custody after he drove to a sheriff's workplace media staging enviornment following dissimilar shootings in Half Moon Bay that left at the least seven people lifeless, January 23, 2023. CBS

all over the police response to the taking pictures, the sheriff's workplace observed a media staging could be observed at a substation at 537 Kelly Ave. At round four:forty p.m., a person donning a white baseball-style cap was seen being led far from the substation in handcuffs.  

in accordance with the sheriff's office, Zhao drove himself to the substation located between the two organizations and surrendered to deputies. The weapon --  a semiautomated handgun -- used in the shootings became found in Zhao's car.

zhao-chunli.jpg Chunli Zhao California DMV

"It turned into a legally purchased firearm and owned," San Mateo Sheriff's Capt. Eamonn Allen informed reporters. 

A household reunification center has been set up at the IDES corridor at 735 leading St. in Half Moon Bay. The hall is also featuring defend to those families who reside in residences that are too near the crime scenes to permit them to return home. 

"This sort of shooting is horrific," Corpus mentioned at a press convention Monday night. "it be a tragedy we hear about a ways too commonly, however nowadays or not it's hit domestic right here in San Mateo County."  

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Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor Joaquin Jimenez spoke of the victims blanketed chinese language and Latino farmworkers.  

while no assistance had been provided by way of the San Mateo County coroner's office regarding the identities of the americans who lost their lives within the taking pictures as of late Monday nighttime, one woman tested she misplaced her accomplice within the lethal incident.

Alicia Ortega informed KPIX her companion labored as a supervisor on the mushroom farm at 2125 Cabrillo dual carriageway near motorway 1. 

Her worst nightmare grew to become a fact Monday night. Ortega confirmed that her accomplice, Martin Martinez, become one of the most individuals fatally shot interior the mushroom farm. His coworker told her he witnessed the crime. 

"The morning, when he go to work, is the last time," Ortega pointed out of the final phrases she spoke with him.   

Monday's shooting in Half Moon Bay is the worst mass shooting within the Bay area on the grounds that the VTA capturing in San Jose in can also of 2021.

No rationale has been introduced in the deadly shooting. The incident comes simplest two days after a mass taking pictures in Monterey Park after a Lunar New year festival Saturday evening that left 10 people useless and injured 10 more individuals.

On Sunday, around 11 a.m., Torrance police and la County sheriff's deputies surrounded a white van described as a vehicle of activity at Hawthorne and Sepulveda Boulevards near Del Amo Mall, about 30 miles south of Monterey Park. 

The sheriff's branch observed the suspect shot and killed himself interior the van. Detectives found proof in the van, together with a gun, linking him to both locations. No further suspects had been sought.

Investigators recognized the shooter as 72-12 months-historical Huu Can Tran.  

On Monday, an 11th person died from "their huge accidents," in accordance with an announcement from LAC+USC clinical core.

Nestled along the Northern California shoreline, Half Moon Bay is a quiet agricultural bed room group most famous for its annual pumpkin festival and the Mavericks big wave surfing competitors.

"this is an enormous tragedy. When any of us suppose of Half Moon Bay, it's always a contented, satisfying notion. or not it's the home of the pumpkin festival. it be the Mavericks browsing competition. but these days or not it's homicide. Seven valuable lives misplaced," Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) talked about in an interview with CBS information Bay area. "We do not take into account why. we're grateful the sheriff's branch has the suspect in custody. however here is the shattering of the lives of seven households and it's my understanding that one adult has been taken to Stanford scientific center for medicine and i take into account it's serious."  

Eshoo also stated officers are bringing in chinese language and Spanish interpreters to communicate with the families of the victims in Half Moon Bay.  

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