Seven people killed in California shootings, authorities seek motive.
In the past 44 hours, 19 people have been killed in three mass shootings in California. The most recent occurred Monday in Half Moon Bay, a small coastal city near San Francisco, where 67-year-old Chunli Zhao killed seven people. Zhao was taken into custody while parked at a sheriff’s substation with a semi-automatic handgun in his vehicle. The shooting left the Asian American community reeling and pushed the state’s tally of carnage to 19 dead in mass shootings in just 44 hours.
California Governor Gavin Newsom was at a hospital meeting victims of the Monterey Park carnage when he was “pulled away to be briefed about another shooting – this time in Half Moon Bay.” The shooting took place at two sites in the Half Moon Bay community of some 11,000, with four victims dead and one wounded at one site and three others dead at the other. The injured person was in critical condition at a hospital Monday night.
The mushroom farm’s owners had no past knowledge of the gunman or his motive. San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dan Pine said officers found four victims dead and one wounded at one site and three others dead at the other. San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said “It’s a tragedy that we hear about far too often but today has hit home here in San Mateo County.”
Half Moon Bay Mayor Deborah Penrose said “We do know is that some of the victims were Chinese, that the perpetrator was Chinese and that this was an agricultural community – they were agricultural workers.” San Mateo County Supervisor Ray Mueller spoke to the mental health toll the violence has unleashed in the community and urged people to seek help. Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor Joaquin Jimenez also urged residents to seek mental health counseling, saying “Today, we are the news. Our community has been affected.”
California is now dealing with the aftermath of the three mass shootings, which have left 19 people dead and many more injured. The community of Half Moon Bay is on the long road of recovery and must unite in healing and support each other to address gun violence. Mental health resources are available for those in need, and people are encouraged to reach out for help.