Police said evidence points to a mass shooting at Half Moon Bay in California that left seven people dead and one critically injured. It was probably a case of workplace violence.
The only known link between the victims and the suspect is that they may have been co-workers, San Mateo County Sheriff Cristina Corpus said.
The shooting occurred in two places on Monday. At the first location, Mountain Mushroom Farm, a suspect was allegedly working, whom the sheriff identified as 66-year-old Chunli Zhao.
There, authorities found four people dead and one wounded. The second location was also a mushroom farm about a mile away, where officials found three people dead.
The identities of the victims have not been released as authorities are still working to notify the families. According to Sheriff Lieutenant Jonathan Sebring, five men and two women were killed.
Officer Eamonn Allen said he could not comment on whether the casualties were accidental or targeted. He also did not say what other information led the authorities to suspect that it was a workplace violence incident.
“I will say that there were no specific indicators that would lead us to believe that he was capable of something like that, and we did not know him and did not have, again, signs that could lead us to believe in it, Allen said.
Authorities said a semi-automatic pistol was used in the shooting, which they said was purchased and owned legally.
Zhao remains in custody after being arrested by the sheriff’s department. The District Attorney for Half Moon Bay said a trial will take place Wednesday afternoon and that the charges are yet to be determined but will likely include murder charges.