Northern California Shootings Claim Seven Lives


Seven people have been killed in a mass shooting at an agricultural region of northern California, authorities said on Monday.

The latest incident to rattle the State is coming within days of shootings in Monterey Park and Central Valley, two fatal shootings that took place at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a coastal community about 30 miles south of San Francisco, officials said.

President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Dave Pine, said that four people died at the farm and three at the trucking business, although it was not immediately clear if the incidents were connected.

Authorities have said that a suspect is in custody. Television footage from the area showed officers taking a man into custody without incident. “There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time,” the San Mateo county sheriff’s office said.

David Canepa, a San Mateo county supervisor, tweeted that one of the shootings had happened at a mushroom farm. Aerial television images showed police officers collecting evidence from a farm with dozens of greenhouses.

The shooting followed the killing of 11 people over the weekend at a ballroom dance hall in the southern California city of Monterey Park, near Los Angeles. It also comes on the heels of a shooting in California’s Central Valley last week, where six people, including an infant, were killed in the small town of Goshen.

“We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay,” Pine said in a statement. “We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop.”

Half Moon Bay is about 30 miles (50 km) south of San Francisco and investigators had peacefully taken a 67-year-old man into custody about two hours after the incident, as a deputy spotted the suspect’s car in a parking lot of a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department substation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing a sheriff’s department statement.

According to the reports, the weapon was found in his car, adding that Deputies responding to a call found four people dead and a fifth victim wounded at the first location in Half Moon Bay, then found three more dead at another place nearby

The Chronicle further reported that the shooting took place as the city of Monterey Park in Los Angeles County, about 400 miles (640 km) to the south, was still roiling from a mass shooting on Saturday that killed 11 people.

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