At the least seven individuals have been killed and one individual significantly injured after a gunman opened hearth at two separate websites in Northern California on Monday, authorities mentioned, within the newest mass capturing to hit the state in a matter of days.
The shootings unfolded at agricultural companies on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a coastal metropolis of roughly 11,000 about 30 miles south of San Francisco, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus informed reporters.
The eighth sufferer was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening accidents, Corpus mentioned.
The suspected shooter, recognized by authorities as Chunli Zhao, 67, was arrested inside hours of the primary capturing, with video captured by NBC Bay Space displaying him surrendering to authorities at a sheriff’s substation.
Zhao, a resident of Half Moon Bay, is believed to have been a employee at at the very least one of many areas focused, Corpus mentioned. “We all know that he acted alone presently,” she mentioned.
A motive within the mass capturing remained unclear, Corpus mentioned.
The victims have but to be recognized. Corpus mentioned they have been believed to be staff on the two plant nurseries, however mentioned that element had not but been confirmed.
Individuals reside at one or each of the areas, and Corpus mentioned youngsters have been current when the gunfire erupted.
“It was within the afternoon when children have been out of faculty,” she mentioned. “For youths to witness this — it is unspeakable.”
Deputies have been dispatched to the primary location at 2:22 p.m. after a report of a capturing, Corpus mentioned. They discovered 4 individuals lifeless on the enterprise and one individual with important accidents, she mentioned.