$100 repair bill caused Half Moon Bay shooting: prosecutor

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A farmworker charged with killing seven people at two Half Moon Bay farms reportedly told investigators he was driven to commit the crimes after his supervisor demanded he pays $100 to repair a forklift damaged at work. 

According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Chunli Zhao was angered by the equipment bill and believed that a co-worker was to blame for the collision between his forklift and the co-worker’s bulldozer. 

Zhao, 66, shot and killed four workers and wounded a fifth at California Terra Garden. Afterward, he went to nearby Concord Farms, where he previously worked, and shot three former co-workers. 

Zhao admitted to the shooting in a courthouse interview. He said he was bullied and worked long hours on the farms, and his complaints were ignored. 

The coroner’s office has named six of the victims: Zhishen Liu, 73, of San Francisco; Marciano Martinez Jimenez, 50, of Moss Beach, California; Aixiang Zhang, 74, of San Francisco; Qizhong Cheng, 66, of Half Moon Bay; Jingzhi Lu, 64, of Half Moon Bay; and Yetao Bing, 43, whose hometown was unknown.

The charging documents identified Jose Romero Perez as the other person killed and Pedro Romero Perez as the eighth victim, who survived.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.