Los Angeles (USA) (EFE).- At least seven people died and one was seriously injured after two shootings in Half Moon Bay, a city of just over 11,000 inhabitants located 19 kilometers south of San Francisco (California , USA).

The suspect, a 67-year-old man, turned himself in to authorities shortly after the attacks, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus confirmed.

Authorities found four fatalities near the mushroom farm and another three in a nearby area. The eighth victim, who is seriously injured, was taken to an area hospital, Corpus reported.

The alleged perpetrator of the attacks, identified as Zhao Chunli, drove to the parking lot of one of the Half Bay sheriff’s offices.

Half Moon Bay police vehicles surround one of the two scenes of mass shootings at farms in California, USA, on January 23, 2023. EFE/EPA/GEORGE NIKITIN

Three police officers approached the car, raising their weapons, the man got out of the car and was immediately arrested, as seen in a video shared by local media.

According to the authorities, among the victims of the attack are workers from a mushroom farm and a greenhouse, located near the scene, as confirmed by Corpus.

The sheriff also said Chulin, the shooter, is believed to have worked on the farm.

Minors witnessed the attack, since several families live on the farm, the authorities detailed at the press conference.

“It happened in the afternoon, when the children had already left work. That children have had to witness this is ineffable,” Corpus told reporters.

Until now, a motive for the shootings is not known, but the authorities assured that the attacker acted alone. Inside his vehicle they found a semi-automatic pistol.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, was informed on Monday night of the attack and asked the federal authorities to support the local police, according to the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, in her account Twitter.

The FBI has already confirmed that it is assisting local authorities with “forensic and investigative resources,” according to the government agency’s Twitter account.

California Governor Gavin Newsom referred to the events Monday as “one tragedy upon another.”

“While I was in a hospital meeting with the victims of a mass shooting, they call me to inform me about another,” the Democratic politician wrote on his Twitter account.

Half Moon Bay police vehicles surround one of the two scenes of mass shootings at farms in California, USA, on January 23, 2023. EFE/EPA/GEORGE NIKITIN

For his part, San Mateo County Council President David Pine stressed that gun violence in the US has reached “unacceptable levels.”

“There are a lot of guns in this country and that has to change,” Pine said at a press conference with the county sheriff.

Authorities reported around 3:48 p.m. California time (2248 GMT) that they were responding to a shooting with multiple victims and asked residents to take cover.

The Half Boon Bay attack comes as the state of California begins to recover from another mass shooting that took place Saturday night in the city of Monterey Park (15 kilometers east of Los Angeles).

In this attack, during the Chinese New Year celebration, where thousands of people were gathered in a mostly Asian city, 11 people were killed by a 72-year-old man.

The so-called “Golden State” is one of the most restrictive in the sale and use of weapons. To buy a gun, you need to be 21 years old, pass a shooting test, provide identification, and file an application with the Department of Justice.

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