California Mourns Half Moon Bay Mass Shooting: 7 Killed

Four people were found dead at a location near Highway 92, and a fifth person with life-threatening injuries was taken from that site to Stanford Medical Center; three more people were found dead about a mile away, on the outskirts of the city.

The sheriff’s office said late Monday that it was working to identify the victims and notify their families. Sheriff Corpus said all the victims were adults, but some workers lived at the location of one of the shootings along with children.

“It was in the afternoon when kids were out of school,” she said. “For children to witness this is unspeakable.” According to MDA:As Monterey Park awaits details on the victims, news breaks of yet another mass shooting in an Asian community. At least 7 people—including Chinese farmworkers—were killed in shootings in Half Moon Bay, CA. Our hearts are with the AAPI community.

No connection between the two locations was immediately known. Sheriff Corpus said the police believed the suspect was a worker at the plant nursery where one of the attacks occurred. The gunman drove from one site to the other, she said, and a semiautomatic handgun was found in his vehicle.

Video of the substation parking lot where the suspect has arrested shows three police officers pulling him from a maroon S.U.V. They then pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him as he lay there.

The suspect spoke Mandarin and had difficulty with English, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators brought in a detective who speaks Mandarin to interview him, Capt. Allen said.

Throughout the afternoon, a nonprofit group took people by van from a crime scene to a family reunification center at the I.D.E.S. Portuguese Hall, a community center run by a religious society in downtown Half Moon Bay.

California Mourns Half Moon Bay Mass Shooting: 7 Killed

source: nytimes.

About 40 people were sheltering there on Monday evening. Among them were older people and children, including one playing with a German shepherd police dog.

Though the identities of the victims were not known, at least one of the shooting scenes was an agricultural site, where workers also lived.

Lorena González Fletcher, president of the California Labor Federation, said that many farmworkers in the region were in a vulnerable position because they have low wages and are often on temporary work visas or are undocumented. The United Farm Workers labor union has provided emergency aid in the area after the recent floods, she added.

“It’s heartbreaking to think about the families torn apart just trying to live their lives,” said Elizabeth Strater, director of strategic campaigns for the union.

At the community center, workers associated with the group who had transported people there were speaking in Spanish with some of the families, while another nonprofit organization coordinated supplies. A volunteer asked a police officer standing guard at the door what size diapers they needed.

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