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Seven dead, one injured in third California shooting

The scene of the shooting. Associated Press/Photo by Jeff Chiu

Seven dead, one injured in third California shooting

Police on Monday found four people shot to death and another injured at a mushroom farm in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Later that day, officers found three more victims at a different farm in the area. Police arrested the suspected gunman, 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, later that day as he sat in his car outside the Half Moon Bay sheriff’s office. Officers found a semi-automatic handgun in Zhao’s car. California has now had three mass shootings in eight days. On Sunday, a gunman killed 11 people in a Monterey Park dance hall, and on Jan. 16, six people were shot to death in a Central Valley home. 

Who were the victims? Authorities said they were farm workers. Zhao, who worked at one of the locations, allegedly shot three of them in the trailers where they lived next to the fields where they worked, and then two more in the field itself, officials said. There were children at one of the scenes, police said. Officials are still searching for a motive and how the two locations are connected.

Dig deeper: From the World archives, read Susan Olasky’s column on how Christians should respond to mass shootings.

Mary Muncy

Mary Muncy is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. She graduated from World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.


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