Half Moon Bay capturing: Supply says 7 useless, 1 harm at Mountain Mushroom Farm, Harmony Farms; suspect in custody

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) — Seven persons are useless and one is critically injured following shootings at two farms in Half Moon Bay this afternoon, a supply confirmed to ABC7 Information.

The shootings had been reported at Mountain Mushroom Farm on San Mateo Street close to Freeway 1 and Harmony Farms off Cabrillo Hwy S. First responders first acquired a name about an lively shooter at round 2:20 p.m.

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Authorities responded to the 12700 block of San Mateo Street on the Mountain Mushroom Farm, near Rice Trucking-Soil Farm off of Hwy. 1. Deputies discovered 4 victims deceased with gunshot wounds. A fifth sufferer, additionally affected by gunshot wounds, was transported to Stanford Medical Middle with life threatening accidents.

Then shortly after on the Harmony Farms on the 2100 block of Cabrillo Freeway South – lower than 3 miles away from the Mountain Mushroom Farm – three further victims had been situated, additionally deceased with gunshot wounds.

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The suspect has been taken into custody, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed.

Chunli Zhao, 67, of Half Moon Bay, has been arrested in connection to the incidents.

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The sheriff’s workplace says a weapon was situated in Zhao’s automobile. He’s believed to have acted alone and there’s no additional risk to the group, they added.

“This can be a devastating tragedy for this group and the numerous households touched by this unspeakable act of violence,” stated San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus.

A supply tells ABC7 Information the suspect labored at one of many mushroom farms, and all of the victims had been coworkers.

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All through the night, households of victims arrived on the scene, tried to piece collectively what solutions they may.

“…not involved about anything, simply hoping to see him come out, as a result of I actually do not need to…” stated Carlos Martinez-Maya.

Carlos Martinez-Maya spoke with us at round 5 p.m. Monday, about his uncle who was working on the mushroom farm alongside Cabrillo Freeway.

Then at 7 p.m., he informed us employees from the farm confirmed to the household that his uncle was one of many folks shot and killed at this scene.

Martinez-Maya is figuring out his uncle as a person named Marciano Martinez-Jimenez, who at work was often known as “Martin.” Understandably, the household has requested for a while whereas they course of all that has occurred.

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Locals inform us Mountain Mushroom Farm is thought to be a marijuana rising farm.

Sadly, officers say the shootings impacted kids too.

“This can be a horrific occasion, one which we’d by no means think about would happen in San Mateo County,” stated David Pine who’s Board of Supervisors President.

“There have been farmworkers affected tonight. There have been kids on the scene on the incident. This can be a really heartbreaking tragedy in our group,” stated Supervisor Ray Mueller.

As to what number of kids witnessed this and what they noticed:

“It is a large rural location so persons are working, it is unfold out, there’s folks that dwell on the location as effectively. So it was the afternoon, children had been out of college and for kids to witness, that is unspeakable,” stated Sheriff Christina Corpus.

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Kate Shea and Lizette Diaz are Half Moon Bay residents and each have been volunteering within the metropolis to assist these impacted by the large flooding from January’s torrential rain.

Then got here the Monday’s mass capturing of their metropolis.

“I walked into my boss’ workplace at 4 p.m. and I stated, ‘There are 4 folks useless in my city, I’ve to go,'” says Shea. “The farm employees on the coast have a tough life as it’s, and that is simply horrible.”

Each Diaz and Shea have been aiding households at a group shelter arrange at Portuguese Corridor in Half Moon Bay.

A variety of ranch employees and their households have been displaced because the farms the place they work are actually crime scenes. Some had been already staying in motels as a result of their properties had been broken within the storm.

“There may be lots of unhappiness, there’s grief,” says Diaz. “It impacts me as a result of I’ve 4 boys, and I can’t think about what these children witness at the moment.”

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Alejandro Lopez knew one of many victims – a person he known as a brother, a pal he has identified for 30 years. Lopez introduced his household to the shelter to satisfy the sufferer’s household.

John Williams and his spouse dropped off blankets. He says the group nonetheless hasn’t recovered from the aftermath of the rain and flooding. “What subsequent, you understand? Every little thing is getting thrown at us,” he says.

Williams says he does, nonetheless, really feel extra protected understanding that suspect was arrested.

“Completely surprising you hear about this on the information on a regular basis. However once you hear about it, when it comes residence to you want, in a small city like this, it actually does deliver it residence. It’s simply deplorable,” says Williams.

“We noticed all of the sirens going a technique after which all of the sirens going the opposite manner. One thing is happening, however we do not know the place it’s. And that was terrifying,” explains Sarah Prentice.

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She is one other native resident who got here to the shelter to assist out the households. She can be pleased the suspect was arrested. She now desires solutions.

“One factor that I’m pleased about is that (the suspect) is alive, so hopefully we get to get some solutions,” says Prentice. “I do not understand how open this particular person is to speaking and clarify the ‘why.’ I’m assuming there’s some vendetta.”

The volunteers says many of those households could possibly be right here for the following few days.

The native group ALAS is aiding with donations.

The FBI of San Francisco is aiding the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Workplace by offering investigative and forensic assets. They are saying the Sheriff’s Workplace is the lead investigative company right now.

ABC7 was informed the Holy Household Kids’s Middle went on lockdown round 3:20 p.m.

A household reunification middle has been arrange on the IDES Corridor on 735 Most important Avenue.

Aaron Tung, the Harmony Farms’ principal, launched the next assertion:

With the little data that’s obtainable to us in the meanwhile, our feedback are restricted. For sure, we thank the outpouring of ideas and help from the group. We thank regulation enforcement for his or her swift response and actions. Harmony Farms is a household owned and operated mushroom farm at this location for 37 years. With no previous data with this gunman or his motives, we’re shook and really keen to achieve extra data from the authorities and their investigations. Our hearts are with the victims, their households and the Chinese language American group, from Half Moon Bay to Monterey Park.

Half Moon Bay Mayor Deborah Penrose additionally launched a press release, saying partly:

“My colleagues and I on the Half Moon Bay Metropolis Council are appalled and saddened at this horrible incident, which has utterly shocked our group. Our deepest sympathies are with the households and people who’ve been devastated by this horrendous act. We share of their ache and know that our group members are additionally maintaining the victims and their households of their hearts. Now greater than ever it is vital for the group to return collectively and be there for each other.”

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo launched the next assertion after the shootings in her congressional district in Half Moon Bay:

“I proceed to watch the unfolding tragedy that has taken place in Half Moon Bay. My gratitude to the San Mateo Sheriff’s Workplace who took the suspect into custody and are working the 2 scenes of the murders. “Half Moon Bay is a beloved and tight-knit group, and all of us stand with them and the households of the victims throughout this darkish hour.”

President Biden launched a press release on the capturing, occurring simply at some point after the lethal mass capturing at Monterey Park in Southern California, saying partly:

“Jill and I are praying for these killed and injured within the newest tragic capturing in Half Moon Bay, California. For the second time in current days, California communities are mourning the lack of family members in a mindless act of gun violence. Following a briefing from my homeland safety staff, I’ve directed my administration to make sure native authorities and the broader Half Moon Bay group have the complete help of the federal authorities within the wake of this heinous assault.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom additionally responded to the incidents, echoing sentiments on the 2 California shootings.

“On the hospital assembly with victims of a mass capturing after I get pulled away to be briefed about one other capturing. This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy upon tragedy,” Newsom tweeted.

Anybody with details about this incident is inspired to contact Detective Deschler at 1-800-547-2700.

ABC7 Information reporters J.R. Stone and Anser Hassan and Amanda del Castillo contributed to this report.

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