Chunli Zhao, a 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident, was arrested in connection to the deadly shooting of seven people – and the wounding of an eighth – at two agricultural businesses in northern California.
About two hours after deputies responded to the two separate shooting scenes, authorities said Zhao was located at 4:40 p.m. Monday in his vehicle in the parking lot of the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office Half Moon Bay Police Station by a deputy and was taken into custody without incident. The sheriff’s office says Zhao is believed to have acted alone, and a weapon was located inside his vehicle. However, questions remain surrounding the motive the shootings at Concord Farms and Mountain Mushroom Farm.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine described Zhao as a “disgruntled worker,” KRON reported. In a statement, Pine also noted, “California has among the strictest gun laws in the United States, which we have strengthened through local action here, but more must be done.”
KABC-TV reported that Zhao worked at one of the mushroom farms and all the victims were also agriculture workers. The outlet obtained dramatic cell phone video, captured Half Moon Bay resident Kati McHugh, showing three officers with their guns drawn approach Zhao’s vehicle, before wrestling him to the ground.
According to The Independent, Zhao worked at the mushroom farm for decades.
Of the suspect, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus told CNN on Tuesday, “He wasn’t a red flag for us, nothing to put him on our radar. He was known to the individuals at his workplace because he was employed there.”
At a press conference Monday, Corpus said the shootings are believed to have taken place in front of children. “It’s a big rural location so people are working, it’s spread out, there’s people that live at the location as well,” she said. “So it was the afternoon, kids were out of school and for children to witness, this is unspeakable.”
FBI San Francisco said it was assisting in the Half Moon Bay investigation by “providing…