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Half Moon Bay shooting: Source says 7 dead, 1 hurt at Mountain Mushroom Farm, Concord Farms; suspect in custody

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) — Seven people are dead and one is critically injured following shootings at two farms in Half Moon Bay this afternoon, a source confirmed to ABC7 News.

The shootings were reported at Mountain Mushroom Farm on San Mateo Road near Highway 1 and Concord Farms off Cabrillo Hwy S. First responders first received a call about an active shooter at around 2:20 p.m.

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Authorities responded to the 12700 block of San Mateo Road at the Mountain Mushroom Farm, close to Rice Trucking-Soil Farm off of Hwy. 1. Deputies found four victims deceased with gunshot wounds. A fifth victim, also suffering from gunshot wounds, was transported to Stanford Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Then shortly after at the Concord Farms on the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway South – less than 3 miles away from the Mountain Mushroom Farm – three additional victims were located, also deceased with gunshot wounds.

The suspect has been taken into custody, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Chunli Zhao, 67, of Half Moon Bay, has been arrested in connection to the incidents.

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The sheriff’s office says a weapon was located in Zhao’s vehicle. He is believed to have acted alone and there is no further threat to the community, they added.

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

A source tells ABC7 News the suspect worked at one of the mushroom farms, and all the victims were coworkers.

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Locals tell us Mountain Mushroom Farm is known to be a marijuana growing farm.

Sadly, officials say the shootings impacted children too.

“This is a horrific event, one that we would never imagine would occur in San Mateo County,” said David Pine who is Board of Supervisors President.

“There were farmworkers affected tonight. There were children on the scene at the incident. This is a truly heartbreaking tragedy in our community,” said Supervisor Ray Mueller.

As to how many children witnessed this and what they saw:

“It’s a big rural location so people are working, it’s spread out, there’s people that live at the location as well. So it was the afternoon, kids were out of school and for children to witness, this is unspeakable,” said Sheriff Christina Corpus.

The FBI of San Francisco is assisting the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office by providing investigative and forensic resources. They say the Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigative agency at this time.

ABC7 was told the Holy Family Children’s Center went on lockdown around 3:20 p.m.

A family reunification center has been set up at the IDES Hall on 735 Main Street.

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo released the following statement after the shootings in her congressional district in Half Moon Bay:

“I continue to monitor the unfolding tragedy that has taken place in Half Moon Bay. My gratitude to the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office who took the suspect into custody and are working the two scenes of the murders. “Half Moon Bay is a beloved and tight-knit community, and we all stand with them and the families of the victims during this dark hour.”

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted that President Biden has been briefed on the shootings, and that he has asked federal law enforcement to provide any necessary assistance to the local authorities. The President will be updated as more details become available, Jean-Pierre added.

Gov. Gavin Newsom also responded to the incidents, just one day after the deadly mass shooting at Monterey Park in Southern California. “At the hospital meeting with victims of a mass shooting when I get pulled away to be briefed about another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy upon tragedy,” Newsom tweeted.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Deschler at 1-800-547-2700.

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