California shooting: Suspect arrested as seven people killed in second California gun rampage | United States | News
A gunman has been arrested after seven people were killed in a mass shooting – the second in California in just two days. The latest attack occurred in two separate areas of the coastal town of Half Moon Bay, located 30 miles south of San Francisco.
The suspect has been identified as local resident Zhao Chunli, 67, who was arrested after police found him in his car near the sheriff’s office. A semi-automatic handgun was found in his car, police said.
Half Moon Bay is 383 miles north of Monterey Park, where 11 people were killed and nine others injured on Saturday when a gunman opened fire on a ballroom dance studio.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said of last night’s attack, “The suspect is in custody. There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time.
Four people were found dead and a fifth shot and injured on a farm. Officers found three other people killed at another location several miles away, the sheriff’s office said.
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About two hours after first responding, a sheriff’s deputy noticed the suspect, Zhao, in his car parked outside a sheriff’s substation at a mall and pulled him over, recognizing the car by his numberplate.
Video of the arrest showed three officers approaching a parked car with weapons drawn. Zhao got out of the car, and the police threw him to the ground, handcuffed him, and took him away. A weapon was found in his vehicle, officials said. The video was captured by Kati McHugh, a Half Moon Bay resident who witnessed the arrest.
The sheriff’s department believes Zhao acted alone.
“We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened and why, but it’s incredibly, incredibly tragic,” said State Sen. Josh Becker, who represents the area and called it a “very farming community.” welded”.
This comes after another mass shooting incident occurred in Monterey Park, California two days prior.
Retired LAPD Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey floated the idea that the second shooting would be a “cat copycat.”
She told CNN: “I wonder if in the case of this shooting in Half Moon Bay, if it was a ‘cat impersonator’. Obviously there was a lot of press surrounding what s happened in Monterey, California.
“Is this someone who simmered and stirred and got angsty about a problem and decided ‘you know what, I think I’m going to do exactly what we just heard about in southern California”.
“Sometimes I know there’s a reason the news is spreading news, but I wonder if we really need to know everything that’s going on.”
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