|January 26, 2023|
American disease: 39 mass shootings in 24 days
As California grappled with a mass shooting in Monterey Park over the weekend that left 11 people dead, within 48 hours, another gunman went on a shooting spree in Half Moon Bay, just under 400 miles away, killing at least seven people.
The slayings of seven people, gunned down in Half Moon Bay, was an act of "workplace violence" that victimized members of the "migrant community," officials said Tuesday.
Suspect Chunli Zhao, a 66-year-old resident of Half Moon Bay, worked at Mountain Mushroom Farm, one of two agricultural businesses where workers were killed on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
“The only known connection between the victims and the suspect is that they may have been co-workers," San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus told reporters in nearby Redwood City. "All of the evidence we have points to this being the instance of workplace violence."
Zhao was arrested in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay shortly after the attacks.
“The semi-automatic handgun was legally purchased and owned,” Corpus said.
Sheriff's investigators also said they're struggling to notify loved ones of victims who were described as "members of the migrant community," who were of Asian and Hispanic descent.
Within that short time span, four other mass shootings took place across the United States, with the number of shootings nationwide so far this year already outpacing the number of calendar days.
As of Tuesday, at least 39 mass shootings had unfolded across the country since the year began, according to the Gun Violence archive, a nonprofit that tracks the spread of what has been called an American disease and which defines a mass shooting as a single incident in which at least four people — other than the shooter — are shot.
At least 70 people have been killed and 167 wounded in mass shootings so far in 2023, according to the archive.
Those figures mark a historically quick start for mass shootings this year, with more mass shootings recorded so far this month than in any January over the past decade, according to the archive, which has kept records since 2014. This is despite Congress having passed the most sweeping federal gun control law in 30 years last year, enhancing background checks and encouraging states to pass so-called red flag laws, among other provisions. (Source: NBC News)
Story Date: January 25, 2023