7 killed in shooting in Half Moon Bay, California

By Amir Vera, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Leinz Vales, Elise Hammond and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 7:27 p.m. ET, January 25, 2023
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8:17 a.m. ET, January 24, 2023

Owners of mushroom farm where Half Moon Bay shooter killed 4 say they are “shook”

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

Law enforcement officials work at the scene of a shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, on Monday.
Law enforcement officials work at the scene of a shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, on Monday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The owners of a mushroom farm in an unincorporated area in San Mateo County where a gunman killed four people and wounded another before killing three more people at a nearby trucking facility said the killings have left them “shook” and that they have no past knowledge of the gunman or his motives.

“With no past knowledge with this gunman or his motives, we are shook and very eager to gain more information from the authorities and their investigations,” Concord Farms said in a statement to CNN. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the Chinese American community—from Half Moon Bay to Monterey Park.”

In the statement, Concord Farms said it is a family-owned and operated mushroom farm that has been in its location for 37 years, It thanked the support of the community in the wake of the shooting and swift actions of law enforcement.

8:01 a.m. ET, January 24, 2023

Biden urges Congress to act on assault weapons ban after the "senseless act of gun violence" in Half Moon Bay

From CNN's Allie Malloy

President Joe Biden says he is praying for the victims of the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, and once again calling on Congress to “act quickly” and ban assault weapons.

“For the second time in recent days, California communities are mourning the loss of loved ones in a senseless act of gun violence,” Biden said in a statement following the shooting in Half Moon Bay that left seven dead. 

“Even as we await further details on these shootings, we know the scourge of gun violence across America requires stronger action. I once again urge both chambers of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk, and take action to keep American communities, schools, workplaces, and homes safe,” Biden added.

8:00 a.m. ET, January 24, 2023

Sheriff says children were present at the scene of the mass shooting

First responders work one of several crime scenes where multiple people were shot and killed on January 23, 2023, off state Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, California.
First responders work one of several crime scenes where multiple people were shot and killed on January 23, 2023, off state Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, California. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/AP)

Children were present at the time of a mass shooting Monday that left at least seven people dead, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said during a news conference on Monday night.

Corpus said the shooting was spread across two locations, including one where children were present, she said.

"It's a big rural location, so people are working. It's spread out, there's people that live at the location as well. It was in the afternoon when kids were out of school. For children to witness this is unspeakable," Corpus said.

Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor Joaquin Jimenez said many family members wanted information on possible victims, but police have not publicly identified any of the victims.

Jimenez said he hopes this will be an eye-opener about gun violence in the Half Moon Bay community.

"So let's think about this and how we're going to respond to the families that will be affected," Jimenez said.

7:23 a.m. ET, January 24, 2023

Half Moon Bay shooting has shaken the community to the core, city says

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

A San Mateo County sheriff deputy checks in FBI agents as they arrive at the scene of a shooting on January 23 in Half Moon Bay, California.
A San Mateo County sheriff deputy checks in FBI agents as they arrive at the scene of a shooting on January 23 in Half Moon Bay, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In an overnight statement, the city said the shooting that left seven dead “was a horrific event that has shocked our community, and our hearts go out to all individuals and families affected.”

“It’s something that we would never expect to happen here,” the city said. “We mourn the loss of those whose lives were taken by this horrendous act and send our condolences to their loved ones.” 

Mayor Deborah Penrose said she is “appalled and saddened at this terrible incident, which has completely shocked our community.”

“We share in their pain and know that our community members are also keeping the victims and their families in their hearts,” said Penrose. "Now more than ever it’s important for the community to come together and be there for one another.” 

Half Moon Bay continues to work with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office during the investigation. “The situation continues to unfold, and there is much that we simply do not know. In the coming days, as we learn more, we will come together to heal and take the necessary steps to ensuring that the safety of the community remains a top priority,” the city said.  

In an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Penrose said that it's too early to know a motive and could not provide additional information about the ongoing investigation. 

"We do know is that some of the victims were Chinese, that the perpetrator was Chinese and that this was an agricultural community — they were agricultural workers," she said.

7:22 a.m. ET, January 24, 2023

Deputy located suspect in his vehicle at substation and he was taken into custody, sheriff says

This undated photo provided by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department shows Chunli Zhao. Zhao was arrested in connection with two related shootings Monday.
This undated photo provided by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department shows Chunli Zhao. Zhao was arrested in connection with two related shootings Monday. (San Mateo Sheriffs Department/AP)

A sheriff’s deputy located the suspect in his vehicle in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said at a news briefing, and he was taken into custody.

A semi-automatic handgun was found in his vehicle, she said.

The suspect in the mass shooting is believed to have acted alone and there is no further threat to the community, the sheriff said.

“This kind of shooting is horrific,” Corpus added. “It’s a tragedy that we hear about far too often but today has hit home here in San Mateo County.”

11:55 a.m. ET, January 24, 2023

Suspect "believed to be a worker" at one of the locations of the shooting, sheriff says

San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus speaks at a news conference on January 24 following a shooting Monday in Half Moon Bay, California.
San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus speaks at a news conference on January 24 following a shooting Monday in Half Moon Bay, California. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The suspect in the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, is "believed to be a worker" at one of the locations where people were shot, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said Monday.

Asked about what other information she could share about the suspect, she said:

"We can tell you we know he acted alone at this time. And we are working with our district attorney's office at this time to interview the suspect. And as soon we have further updates, we will be able to provide them to you."

Corpus added that law enforcement also believes "at this time" the semi-automatic weapon found when the suspect was detained in his vehicle was the only weapon involved in the shooting.

The suspect was identified as Chunli Zhao, a 66-year-old resident of Half Moon Bay.

Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong age for Chunli Zhao. He is 66.

7:21 a.m. ET, January 24, 2023

Suspect in Half Moon Bay mass shooting identified

From CNN's Joe Sutton

Police officers detain a man, believed by law enforcement to be the Half Moon Bay mass shooting suspect, in Half Moon Bay, California, U.S., on January 23, in this screengrab taken from a social media video.
Police officers detain a man, believed by law enforcement to be the Half Moon Bay mass shooting suspect, in Half Moon Bay, California, U.S., on January 23, in this screengrab taken from a social media video. (Kati McHugh/Reuters)

The suspect in a mass shooting that left at least seven dead has been identified as Chunli Zhao, according to San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus.

The suspect's name was provided to CNN by San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine. 

“Zhao was located in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office Half Moon Bay Police Substation by a sheriff’s deputy. Zhao was taken into custody without incident and a weapon was located in his vehicle. Zhao is believed to have acted alone," according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Zhao is currently in the custody of the San Mateo County Sheriff.

It is unknown when he will appear in court.