Who is Half Moon Bay shooting suspect Chunli Zhao?

Chaos erupted at two Northern California mushroom farms in January 2023 after a gunman opened fire.

The shootings, which took place at Mountain Mushroom Farm and Concord Farms, claimed the lives of seven people and left another in critical condition.

Who is Half Moon Bay shooting suspect Chunli Zhao?

Chunli Zhao is a 66-year-old Half Moon Bay resident who is accused of killing seven people in back-to-back shootings.

Records show that he was booked on suspicion of murder and one count of attempted murder, according to the Associated Press.

Police believe that Zhao drove to a mushroom farm in Half Moon Bay, California, and opened fire- killing four and injuring another.

Then, he allegedly drove to another nearby farm where he had previously worked and killed an additional three people, Eamonn Allen, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Zhao worked as a forklift driver at Mountain Mushroom Farm for several years and had “a lot of built-up anger towards his co-workers,” according to ABC7.

At this time, details on Zhao’s personal life are unclear, but Allen said “there were no specific indicators that would have led us to believe he was capable of something like this.”

However, court records show that Zhao was previously accused by a roommate of trying to suffocate him with a pillow. He also allegedly threatened to split his head open with a knife, according to The New York Times.

As a result, the roommate, who was identified as Yingjiu Wang, filed for a temporary restraining order that was later granted, however, it is no longer in effect.

Wang and Zhao reportedly worked in the same restaurant.

The Half Moon Bay shootings happened just days after a 72-year-old gunman opened fire, killing 10, at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, during a Lunar New Year celebration.

Zhao is expected in court at a later date.

Who are the Half Moon Bay shooting victims?

The victims of the Half Moon Bay shooting included six men and two women, all of whom were Asian or Hispanic, according to Reuters.

At this time, authorities are still working on identifying them, but Jose and Pedro Romero have been identified by their cousin as two of them.

Jose died while Prdro was wounded and is now hospitalized.

“You look to improve your life and then you end up with this,” their cousin Jose Juarez told Reuters.

Carlos Martinez-Maya also identified his uncle, Marciano Martinez-Jimenez, as one of the Concord Farms victims, according to Reuters.

More information on the victims’ identities is expected to be released in the coming days.