Shooting at a California farm «could be» a case of workplace violence

The US authorities suspect that the shooting that left seven dead in the vicinity of a farm in Half Moon Bay (California) is a case of workplace violence in which the shooter attacked his co-workers.

“The only known connection between the victims and the suspect is that they could have been co-workers. (…) All the evidence we have points to a case of workplace violence,» San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said Tuesday at a press conference.

Seven people were killed and one seriously injured Monday after two shootings in a Half Moon Bay farming community 12 miles south of San Francisco made up of a greenhouse and a mushroom farm.

Four fatalities were found near the farm and the other three in an adjoining place.

According to the county Police Department, the eighth victim was taken to the nearest hospital in the area and is still seriously injured.

The suspect, identified as a 67-year-old man named Zhao Chunli, drove to the parking lot of one of the Half Bay Moon sheriff’s offices and turned himself in minutes after the attacks.

Authorities, who say he acted alone, found a semi-automatic pistol registered to his name inside his vehicle.

Minors witnessed the attack, since several families live on the farm, according to the Police in a press conference on Monday.

«That children have had to witness this is ineffable,» Corpus said then.

The attack in Half Boon Bay follows another mass shooting that took place on Saturday night in the city of Monterrey Park (Los Angeles County, California) and left 11 dead after an attack during the Chinese New Year celebrations.

The same Monday there was also another shooting in California, specifically at an Oakland gas station -about 65 kilometers from the municipality of Half Moon Bay-, which left one dead and seven injured.

The so-called «Golden State» is one of the most restrictive in the sale and use of weapons. To buy a gun you need to be 21 years old; pass a shooting test; provide identification; and file an application with the Department of Justice.

Likewise, the west coast woke up on Tuesday with another attack, this time in a grocery store in Yakima (Washington state), in which at least three people have lost their lives.

In the first 24 days of 2023, there have been at least 39 mass shootings in 18 different states throughout the United States, according to figures from the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization that counts daily gun violence events in the United States. country.