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Chinese farm worker shoots dead SEVEN fellow laborers after ‘workplace dispute’ in the San Francisco Bay area – less than 48 hours after ELEVEN were killed in Monterey Park bloodbath: Dramatic footage shows moment suspect being arrested

Tragedy Upon Tragedy

  • Police in California have arrested Chunli Zhao, 67, in Half Moon Bay
  • The dead farm workers were discovered at two separate locations 
  • The shooting comes less than 48 hours after Huu Can Tran, 72, shot and killed 11 people celebrating Lunar New Year in Monterey Park

By HARRIET ALEXANDER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Chunli Zhao, 67, was taken into custody on Monday accused of murdering seven farm workers in the Half Moon Bay area

A 67-year-old veteran farm worker has killed seven fellow Chinese agricultural laborers in what local news described as a workplace dispute.  

Chunli Zhao, who lived in Half Moon Bay, was arrested and is ‘fully cooperating’ with law enforcement, officials said.

The shootings took place at two separate locations in Half Moon Bay, with four shot at a facility run by Concord Farms, and three at Mountain Mushroom Farms two miles away. Officials are unsure which was attacked first.

Children were present at the time, because some of the workers lived on-site with their families. 

An eighth person was shot and injured, and airlifted to Stanford Medical Center. Moment Half Moon Bay mass shooting suspect arrested by copsProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time1:34FullscreenNeed Text

ABC7 News confirmed that the suspect, who lived in Pescadero, had worked for decades at one of the mushroom farms where the shooting took place, and all victims were co-workers. 

Dramatic footage from ABC News shows the moment Zhao was taken into custody, in the parking lot of the Half Moon sheriff’s office, at 4.40pm.

The killings come less than 48 hours after 72-year-old Huu Can Tran shot and killed 11 people celebrating Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles

Sheriff Christina Corpus of San Mateo County said: ‘This kind of shooting is horrific.

‘It’s a tragedy we hear about too often, but today it has hit home to Half Moon Bay.’Chunli Zhao, 67, is pictured on Monday afternoon as he is arrested by San Mateo County officials+17View gallery

A suspect is now in custody in the Half Moon Bay shootings. Here’s the intense moment it happened – caught on video by our @abc7newsbayarea camera pic.twitter.com/1ZGcLh8Byz— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) January 24, 2023

Corpus added: ‘We’re working with our district attorney’s office to interview the suspect.

‘He’s believed to be a worker. We don’t have the exact connection at the time – we are working to try and gather more information.’

Corpus said they think the weapon found in his SUV was the one used in the shooting, but they are yet to confirm whether he held the weapon legally. She could not confirm whether he had a criminal history.

Corpus said that the children were on the scene because school had finished.

‘For them to witness this is unthinkable,’ she said. +17View gallery

Police confirm man taken into custody after San Mateo mass shootingProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time3:57FullscreenNeed TextPolice in the Half Moon Bay area are seen approaching the suspected killer on Monday afternoon+17View gallery

Police in the Half Moon Bay area are seen approaching the suspected killer on Monday afternoonThey grab Zhao by the hand, and wrestle him to the ground+17View gallery

They grab Zhao by the hand, and wrestle him to the groundZhao is seen being restrained and searched, before he is handcuffed and put in the police car+17View gallery

Zhao is seen being restrained and searched, before he is handcuffed and put in the police carSheriff Christina Corpus is seen on Monday evening addressing a press conference+17View gallery

Sheriff Christina Corpus is seen on Monday evening addressing a press conferenceSupervisor Dave Pine said that the gun violence plaguing the United States 'has to change'+17View gallery

Supervisor Dave Pine said that the gun violence plaguing the United States ‘has to change’Police are seen at the site of one of the two shootings in Half Moon Bay+17View gallery

Police are seen at the site of one of the two shootings in Half Moon BayThe first call was made to police at 2:22pm on Monday afternoon+17View gallery

The first call was made to police at 2:22pm on Monday afternoon Police are pictured at the scene of one of the Half Moon Bay shootings+17View gallery

Police are pictured at the scene of one of the Half Moon Bay shootingsZhao is believed to have worked at one of the sites for many years: police are confirming the details of his employment+17View gallery

Zhao is believed to have worked at one of the sites for many years: police are confirming the details of his employmentPolice investigate site of mass shooting in Half Moon BayProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time1:22FullscreenNeed Text

The sheriff’s office confirmed at 5pm that they had the suspect in custody.

‘There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time,’ they said in a tweet. 

Half Moon Bay is a small community of 12,000 people in the Bay Area’s Peninsula. The city sits less than 30 miles outside of San Francisco.

Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, told a press conference: ‘There are simply too many guns in our country.

‘This has to change.

‘This is not an acceptable way for a modern society to operate.’

Pine and his colleagues urged local residents to take advantage of mental health support being offered by the community. 

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, tweeted: ‘At the hospital meeting with victims of a mass shooting when I get pulled away to be briefed about another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay. 

‘Tragedy upon tragedy.’ 

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