Authorities identified the suspect as 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Chunli Zhao. He was taken into custody without incident around 4:40 p.m. after he was found in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay sheriff’s office substation, the sheriff’s office said. A semi-automatic pistol was found in his car.
Four victims with gunshot wounds were found dead around 2:22 p.m. at a daycare center along the 12700 block of San Mateo Road (Highway 92), the sheriff’s office said. Another victim of the shooting was taken to Stanford Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Shortly after that discovery, three other shooting victims were found dead at another daycare center along the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway South, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities believe Zhao acted alone, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said. The motive for the killing was not immediately known.
Who were the victims of Half Moon Bay Incident
The victims are believed to be property workers, Corpus said. Half Moon Bay Councilwoman Debbie Ruddock said the victims are Chinese farm workers.