Over the last 72 hours, California has been shaken by multiple fatal mass shootings that claimed 18 lives combined. Following Saturday’s mass shooting at Monterey Park, which resulted in the deaths of 10 people, a second shooting occurred in Half Moon Bay on Monday.
The shooting in the Half Moon Bay area, south of the San Francisco Bay area on the California coast, resulted in seven fatalities, one injured individual, and the arrest of a 67-year-old Asian male suspect.
According to reports from MSNBC, four people were shot at one location, and three others were shot at another location nearby. The news report also disclosed that a City Counsel person from Half Moon Bay described the seven deceased as “Chinese farm workers.”
A News release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office disclosed that the Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a shooting with multiple victims at the 12700 block of San Mateo Road.
The deputies discovered four bodies with gunshot wounds, and a fifth victim suffering “life threatening injuries” was transferred to Stanford Medical Center. Three more deceased victims were found shortly after in the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway South.
The sheriff’s deputy found the suspect, Chunli Zhao of Half Moon Bay, around 4:40 p.m. in his vehicle with the gun in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office Half Moon Bay Police Substation. Zhao was detained in the parking lot, and footage of the arrest was released. Police suspect that Zhao acted alone, but the motive of the shooting is currently unknown.
Watch the News report below:
Watch the video of Chunli Zhao’ arrest below:
A third shooting occurred at a gas station in Oakland on Monday evening. One person died, and seven others were injured. The Oakland Police Department is investigating the shooting, and the suspect is still at large.
The incident occurred just after 6:00 p.m. at the 5900 block of Macarthur Boulevard. When officials arrived at the scene, they found “several casings” but no victims. Shortly after, the police learned that the victims had transported themselves to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
Watch the video of an officer detailing the shooting below: