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7 Killed In California Community; Suspect Arrested

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Law enforcement officers take control of the scene of a shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Seven people were killed Monday in two related shootings at a mushroom farm and a truck company in San Francisco’s south coastal community, and officials said a suspect was in custody. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Seven people were killed and a suspect was taken into custody Monday in two related shootings at a mushroom farm and a truck company in the southern coastal community of San Francisco, officials said. Say.

In the Half Moon Bay suburb about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of San Francisco, four people were killed on a farm and three were killed in a trucking operation, said Dave Pyne, chairman of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Pyne said police have arrested Chunli Chao, 67, in connection with the shooting.

Pyne said the suspect worked for one of the businesses. He described the suspects as “disgruntled workers”.

The shooting was the sixth mass shooting in the United States, just 23 days into the new year, after 11 people were killed Saturday night at a dance hall in Southern California.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office first received reports of the shooting just before 2:30 p.m. and found four people dead from gunshot wounds and a fifth wounded at the first scene. Shortly thereafter, officials found three other people dead from gunshot wounds at a second location about five miles (8 kilometers) away, Capt. Eamonn Allen said at a news conference.

The office did not share any information about the connection between the two locations.

Allen said the motive for the shooting was unclear.

About two hours after the initial response, a sheriff’s deputy found the suspect, Zhao, in his car at the Half Moon Bay Sheriff’s Station. He was taken into custody and a weapon was found in his car. Allen said the sheriff’s department believes he acted alone.

California Sen. Josh Baker, who represents the district, said people were killed in separate shootings. San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said on Twitter that the shooting took place at a mushroom farm.

“We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened and why, but it’s an unbelievable, unbelievable tragedy,” said state Senator Josh Baker, who represents much of San Mateo County. Becker called the area a “very tight-knit” farming community.

Television footage from the area showed officers taking one man into custody without incident.

Aerial television images also showed police collecting evidence from a farm with dozens of greenhouses.

The shooting came after 11 people were killed at a ballroom in Southern California late Saturday.

Half Moon Bay is a small coastal city with agricultural roots that is now home to about 12,000 people. The city and the surrounding San Mateo County area are known for their abundance of flowers and vegetables like Brussels sprouts. The county allows marijuana cultivation in certain areas.

It’s a predominantly white neighborhood with about 5 percent Asian, according to census data.

“We are disgusted by the tragedy that took place in Half Moon Bay today,” Pyne said in a statement. “We don’t even have time to mourn those who lost their lives in the horrific shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop.”

“We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened and why, but it’s an unbelievable, unbelievable tragedy,” said state Senator Josh Baker, who represents much of San Mateo County. Becker called the area a “very tight-knit” farming community.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted that he was “in the hospital meeting with victims of a mass shooting when I was pulled away for a briefing on another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy Receive tragedy.”

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