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Official: 7 Killed in Two Shootings in California Community

Voice of America
24 Jan 2023, 16:05 GMT+10

HALF MOON BAY, California - Seven people were killed in two related shootings Monday at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and a suspect was in custody, officials said.

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine says four people were killed at the farm and three at the trucking business on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a city about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

It wasn't immediately clear how the locations were connected, though Pine said the suspect worked for one of the businesses. He called the suspect a 'disgruntled worker.'

Exterior view of the scene near a shooting Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, California. Exterior view of the scene near a shooting Jan. 23, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, California.

California state Sen. Josh Becker, who represents the area, said people were killed in separate shootings. San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa tweeted that one shooting happened at a mushroom farm.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office tweeted just before 5 p.m. that a suspect was in custody.

'There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time,' the sheriff's office said.

Television footage from the area showed officers taking a man into custody without incident.

Aerial television images also showed police officers collecting evidence from a farm with dozens of greenhouses.

The shooting followed the killing of 11 people late Saturday at a ballroom dance hall in Southern California.

A woman comforts her son while visiting a makeshift memorial outside Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, Jan. 23, 2023. A woman comforts her son while visiting a makeshift memorial outside Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, Jan. 23, 2023.

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'We are sickened by today's tragedy in Half Moon Bay,' Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, 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.'

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