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7 Dead, 1 Injured in Half Moon Bay Mass Shooting

In two separate shootings on Monday in a small coastal village in central California, at least seven people were killed and one was gravely injured; this was the state’s second mass shooting in as many days, according to officials.

According to San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus, the suspect, Chunli Zhao, 67, was apprehended more than two hours after the gunshots near Half Moon Bay.

Authorities believe Zhao acted alone, and Corpus Christi said there is no threat to the community and that a motive was unknown as of Monday night.

During a news conference on Monday night, Corpus said, “This is a horrible tragedy for this community and the family touched by this unspeakable act of violence.”

Nearly 30 miles south of San Francisco, in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County, deputies were called to a gunshot at 2:22 p.m., according to the sheriff.

When they arrived at the first location, they discovered four victims dead and one injured, and shortly after that, three more victims were discovered dead at another location, according to Corpus.

Two shootings occurred, one at a mushroom farm and one two miles away from a trucking facility, according to Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, who spoke to CNN earlier.

According to Corpus, a sheriff’s deputy in Half Moon Bay located the suspect in his car in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation at 4:40 p.m. and took him into custody without a hitch. She claimed he had a semi-automatic weapon in his car at the time.

During the news conference, Corpus remarked that this kind of shooting was horrible. “This tragedy has hit home here in San Mateo County today, despite the fact that we hear about it much too frequently.”

On the eve of the Lunar New Year, the tragedy occurred just days after another mass shooting in southern California left 11 dead in Monterey Park. This incident shattered the sense of security in the city with a large Asian population.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been at least 38 mass shootings in the US this month.

A mass shooting is one in which four or more people—excluding the shooter—are hurt or killed, according to the archive and CNN.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, said he met victims of the Monterey Park massacre while he was in a hospital and was “taken aside for a briefing on a subsequent shooting.” “Half Moon Bay, this time.” Newsom tweeted, “Tragedy upon tragedy.”

San Mateo County supervisor Ray Mueller stated that in order to confront gun violence, the Half Moon Bay community must unite in healing and support one another.

This evening, farm workers were impacted, and kids were there when the occurrences occurred. “This loss in our neighborhood is very painful,” said Mueller.

Mueller addressed the community’s mental health toll caused by the violence and asked residents to get assistance.

Please make use of the crisis therapy for mental health that is offered, he urged, adding that anyone can call the county’s hotline. You are not by yourself.

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