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Community sees arrest after 7 killed in shooting

by The Associated Press | January 24, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Law enforcement, including the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, investigate a shooting off state Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group via AP)

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) -- Seven people were killed in two related shootings Monday at agricultural facilities in a California coastal community south of San Francisco, and a suspect was in custody, officials said.

Four people were found dead and a fifth injured from gunshot wounds at one location, and three others were found dead at another several miles away, the San Mateo County Sheriff's office said.

Details about the locations weren't immediately clear. Sheriff Christina Corpus said they were nurseries.

The shootings occurred on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a city about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

Officers arrested 67-year-old Chunli Zhao in connection with the shooting, the sheriff's office said.

Officials believe Zhao is a worker at one of the facilities and that the victims were workers as well. Some workers at one facility lived on the premises and children may have witnessed the shooting, Corpus said. The connection between the new facilities wasn't clear.

Corpus said officials hadn't determined a motive for the shooting, though county Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine described the suspect as a "disgruntled worker."

The shooting was the nation's sixth mass shooting this year -- and followed the killing of 11 people late Saturday at a ballroom dance hall in Southern California.

The sheriff's Office first received reports of a shooting just before 2:30 p.m. and found four people dead from gunshot wounds and a fifth injured person at the first scene. Shortly thereafter, officers found three more people dead from gunshot wounds at a second location nearby, Capt. Eamonn Allen said in a news release.

About two hours after first responding, a sheriff's deputy found the suspect, Zhao, in his car at a sheriff's station in Half Moon Bay. He was taken into custody and a weapon was found in his vehicle. The sheriff's department believes he acted alone, Allen said.

photo Police investigate the scene of a mass shooting off Cabrillo Highway in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
photo San Mateo County Sheriffs officers and EMS personnel gather along a road at a location near where multiple people were found shot to death on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (Carlos Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
photo A San Mateo County Sheriffs officer holds crime scene tape for a vehicle to pass by at a location near where multiple people were found shot to death on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (Carlos Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
photo San Mateo County Sheriffs officers and EMS personnel gather along a road at a location near where multiple people were found shot to death on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (Carlos Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
photo Law enforcement officials look into a vehicle parked in the area where a shooting suspect's vehicle was found Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Multiple people were killed in two related shootings Monday at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and officials say a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
photo Law enforcement officials look into a vehicle parked in the area where a shooting suspect's vehicle was found Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Multiple people were killed in two related shootings Monday at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and officials say a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
photo San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus speaks at a news conference following a shooting Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Multiple people were killed in two related shootings Monday at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and officials say a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
photo San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus speaks at a news conference following a shooting Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Multiple people were killed in two related shootings Monday at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and officials say a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
photo Law enforcement personnel control the scene of a shooting Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Multiple people were killed in two related shootings Monday at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and officials say a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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