Seven people dead in Half Moon Bay shooting, suspect in custody

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The suspect believed to be responsible for the gruesome shootings that killed seven people and left one in critical condition in Half Moon Bay is in custody

According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, at 2:22 p.m., deputies were called to the 12700 block of San Mateo Road to respond to a report of a shooting at an agricultural facility. 

At the scene, officers found four deceased victims with gunshot wounds. A fifth victim has life-threatening injuries and is transported to Stanford Medical Center. 

The suspect was not initially located at the time.

Then at the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway, at a second agricultural facility, three additional victims were found deceased. 

The investigation identified the suspect as Chunli Zhao, 67, from Half Moon Bay. 

Zhao was found in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay substation by a sheriff’s deputy.

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine stated that the suspect worked for one of the businesses involved in the shooting and might have been a “disgruntled worker.”

Currently, there is no known motive for the shootings, but it is believed that Zhao acted alone in these shootings. Anyone who has information about these incidents is asked to contact Detective Deschler at 1-800-547-2700.


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