7 dead, 1 injured in shootings near San Francisco; suspect in custody

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Seven people were killed in a mass shooting that spanned two separate scenes in Half Moon Bay Monday afternoon, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Four victims were found dead at about 2:22 p.m. along the 12700 block of Cabrillo Highway, the sheriff’s office said. Another victim was transported to Stanford Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after that discovery, three more victims were found dead at a separate scene in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.

The suspect, 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Zhao Chunli, was taken into custody at about 4:40 p.m. after he was found in his vehicle in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office substation in Half Moon Bay, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken into custody without incident and a semi-automatic handgun was found in his car.

The victims are Chinese farmworkers, Half Moon Bay Councilmember Debbie Ruddock said.

“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the families touched by this unspeakable act of violence,” San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.

A motive for the shootings is under investigation.

A family reunification center has been set up at IDES Hall, which is located at 735 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.

Further information wasn’t immediately available.

This is a breaking news story. Details may change as more information becomes available. Stay tuned for updates.

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