Kids who had simply been set free from college for the day witnessed the brutal bloodbath that left seven lifeless Monday afternoon at two mushroom farms in Half Moon Bay, California, authorities mentioned.
San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus mentioned the youngsters, lots of whom lived within the neighborhood of the shootings, had been current because the rampage unfolded on the two farms a few mile aside.
“This sort of capturing is horrific; it’s a tragedy we hear about too typically,” San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus mentioned at a press convention Tuesday. “For kids to witness that is unspeakable.”
Not one of the kids had been injured. It’s unclear whether or not the children had been current at one or each scenes.
Authorities have referred to as the assault an act of “office violence,” and mentioned that the 66-year-old suspect allegedly tried to suffocate a coworker years earlier.
A decade in the past, mass capturing suspect Chunli Zhao was accused of attempting to kill his roommate after the person didn’t have checks from a job Zhao had stop days earlier than.
After threatening the roommate, Zhao allegedly tried to suffocate him with a pillow, in keeping with courtroom docs.
“Mr. Zhao mentioned to me, immediately I’m going to kill you,” the roommate, Jingjiu Wang, wrote. “He then took a pillow and began to cowl my face and suffocate me.” Wang was in a position to fend off the assault, in keeping with a restraining order software.
Zhao was arrested Monday after he allegedly shot seven individuals to loss of life at two separate farms within the small coastal city. He’s believed to have killed 4 individuals and wounded one at Mountain Mushroom Farm earlier than fatally capturing three different individuals at one other mushroom farm a number of miles away.
Zhao beforehand labored at each farms earlier than he carried out his lethal assault, in keeping with authorities.
The bloodbath was the third mass capturing to make headlines in California this month, happening hours earlier than one particular person was fatally shot and seven others had been injured in Oakland.
It additionally comes days after 11 individuals had been killed and 11 others had been injured when a gunman opened hearth on an Asian American neighborhood celebrating the Lunar New 12 months in Monterey Park, simply exterior Los Angeles.