7 shot to death in coastal town south of San Francisco; suspect in custody

ASSOCIATED PRESS HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Seven 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 a suspect was in custody, officials said. San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine says four people were killed at the farm and

three at the trucking business on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a city about 30 miles south of San Francisco. The police have arrested 67-year-old Chunli Zhao in

connection with the shooting, Pine said. Pine said the suspect worked for one of the businesses. He called the suspect a “disgruntled worker.” The shooting was the

nation’s sixth mass shooting just 23 days into the new year and followed the killing of 11 people late Saturday at a ballroom dance hall in Southern California. The San

Mateo County 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 about five miles (8 kilometers) away, Capt. Eamonn Allen said in a news

release. The office did not share any information about the connection between the two locations. The motive for the shooting is not know, Allen said. 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.