Video shows arrest of Half Moon Bay mass shooting suspect Chunli Zhao

On Monday, January 23, farm worker Chunli Zhao, 67, allegedly killed seven people in a massacre in Half Moon Bay, California. The attacks took place at two Half Moon Bay farms, and authorities identified all of the victims as co-workers of the suspect. At 4:40 pm ET, approximately two and a half hours after the attack, Chunli Zhao was arrested while waiting in the parking lot of the local Police Department.

In footage of the arrest, published by NBC Bay Area, armed officers can be seen surrounding Chunli Zhao’s vehicle, demanding that he surrender. The latter approached the agents without resisting arrest, before being thrown to the ground and handcuffed.

While the motive for the shooting is unknown, California authorities confirmed that all of the victims in the attack were Chunli Zhao’s co-workers. San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dave Pine told Kron4 reporters the attack stemmed from a workplace dispute.

‘A devastating tragedy for the community: Officials comment on the January 23 attacks in Half Moon Bay

The massacre has shocked the people of Half Moon Bay, a small community of less than 12,000 located in San Mateo County, California.

Area Sheriff Christina Corpus condemned the killings in an official statement to authorities, writing:

“This is a devastating tragedy for this community and the families affected by this unspeakable act of violence.”

She acknowledged that while mass shootings are very common in the United States, the fact that it happened in San Mateo County has left locals shocked:

“This type of shooting is horrible. It’s a tragedy we hear about all too often, but today it has come home here in San Mateo County.”

California Representative Anna Eshoo said the city is not typically associated with violence, stating:

“This is an enormous tragedy. When any of us thinks of Half Moon Bay, it is always a happy and pleasant thought. It is the home of the pumpkin fest. It is the Mavericks surfing competition. But today is murder. Seven precious lives lost “.

Eshoo continued:

“We don’t understand why. We are grateful that the sheriff’s department has the suspect in custody. But this is the destruction of the lives of seven families and I understand that one person has been taken to Stanford Medical Center for treatment and I understand is seriously.”

The incident is particularly concerning as the shootings at the farm come just two days after a similar shooting in Monterey Bay, another California city.

David Pine, chairman of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, addressed the fact that both California massacres occurred only days apart:

“We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay. We haven’t even had time to grieve for those who lost their lives in the horrific shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop.”

The Half Moon Bay shooting remains under police investigation.