Monday, 06 Feb 2023

Northern California shooting case of workplace violence, police say

Northern California shooting case of workplace violence, police say


Northern California shooting case of workplace violence, police say

An agricultural worker in northern California allegedly killed seven people as part of a "workplace violence incident", the state's third deadly mass shooting in little more than a week.

Police are questioning 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, who they say shot dead four and wounded one more on Monday afternoon at a mushroom farm where he worked in Half Moon Bay, a coastal community 30 miles south of San Francisco.

He then moved on to a trucking firm about 5 miles away and killed three more, officials said. He was taken into custody without incident after being spotted sitting in a car by a deputy in the parking lot of a sheriff's substation. He is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.

California has been left reeling by back to back gun violence in recent days. The new year has brought multiple mass killings - that is, with at least four fatalities excluding any perpetrator - in the US, three of which occurred in California. Within 48 hours, 18 people died in mass shootings in the state, including 11 people killed at a lunar new year event at a Monterey Park dance hall on Saturday.

Last week a "horrific massacre" in the small central valley town of Goshen left six people dead, including a teenage mother and her 10-month-old baby.

"Right now we're reaching out to the community with mental health services and trying to help the families as best we can, and trying to make sense of what is an absolutely senseless act," Dave Pine, chair of the San Mateo county board of supervisors, told NPR's Morning Edition on Tuesday.

"We mourn the loss of these innocent people, and look forward to a day when we don't have to be living in fear of gun violence in our community, and in the country."

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