Authorities in Half Moon Bay, California said that a “disgruntled worker” opened fire at two separate plant nurseries killing seven people Monday afternoon.
67-year-old Chunli Zhao turned himself in after shooting seven co-workers dead at around 2:30 p.m. Monday in the two farms, several miles apart.
Zhao, was described as a “disgruntled worker” of one of the facilities. Police added that multiple children had witnessed the bloodbath.
“For children to witness this is unspeakable,” San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.
“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the many families touched by this unspeakable act of violence.”
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine said that having two mass shootings within a few days was devastating for the impacted communities and law enforcement in the Golden State.
“We are sickened by today's tragedy in Half Moon Bay,” Pine stated. “The scourge of gun violence has sadly hit home. We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park.”
“Gun violence must stop. The State of California has among the strictest gun laws in the United States, which we have strengthened through local action here, but more must be done. The status quo cannot be tolerated.”