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By JEFF CHIU and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A gunman killed 7 radical astatine 2 cultivation businesses successful Northern California, plunging the authorities into mourning again successful the aftermath of its 3rd wide sidesplitting successful 8 days.

Officers arrested a fishy successful Monday’s shootings, 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, aft they recovered him successful his car successful the parking batch of a sheriff’s substation, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.

Seven radical were recovered dormant and an eighth injured astatine a workplace and different determination respective miles away, the Sheriff’s Office said. Officials judge Zhao worked astatine 1 of the facilities and that the victims were workers arsenic well, Corpus said. Officials haven’t determined a motive for the shooting.

California is inactive reeling from an onslaught connected a Lunar New Year solemnisation successful Monterey Park that killed 11 and formed a shadiness implicit an important vacation for galore Asian-American communities. Authorities are inactive seeking a motive for the Saturday shooting.

“For the 2nd clip successful caller days, California communities are mourning the nonaccomplishment of loved ones successful a senseless enactment of weapon violence,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday morning. “Even arsenic we await further details connected these shootings, we cognize the scourge of weapon unit crossed America requires stronger action.”

The caller twelvemonth has brought six wide killings successful the U.S. successful less than 3 weeks, accounting for 39 deaths. Three person occurred successful California since Jan. 16, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University. The database tracks each wide sidesplitting — defined arsenic 4 dormant not including the offender — committed successful the U.S. since 2006.

The killings occurred connected the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a metropolis astir 30 miles southbound of San Francisco.

Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor Joaquin Jimenez said the victims included Chinese and Latino farmworkers. Some workers lived astatine 1 of the facilities and children whitethorn person witnessed the shooting, she said. Corpus said it wasn’t instantly wide however the 2 locations were connected.

The Sheriff’s Office archetypal received reports of a shooting successful the day and recovered 4 radical dormant and a 5th wounded astatine the archetypal scene. Officers past recovered 3 much radical fatally changeable nearby, Capt. Eamonn Allen said successful a quality release.

About 2 hours later, a sheriff’s lawman spotted Zhao’s car parked extracurricular a sheriff’s substation successful a portion promenade and arrested him.

A video of the apprehension showed 3 officers approaching a parked car with drawn weapons. Zhao got retired of the car, and the officers pulled him to the ground, enactment him successful handcuffs, and led him away. A limb was recovered successful his vehicle, officials said. The video was captured by Kati McHugh, a Half Moon Bay nonmigratory who witnessed the arrest.

The sheriff’s section believes Zhao acted alone.

“We’re inactive trying to recognize precisely what happened and why, but it’s conscionable incredibly, incredibly tragic,” said authorities Sen. Josh Becker, who represents the country and called it “a precise close-knit” cultivation community.

Aerial tv images showed constabulary officers collecting grounds from a workplace with dozens of greenhouses.

Half Moon Bay is simply a tiny coastal metropolis with cultivation roots, location to astir 12,000 people. The metropolis and surrounding San Mateo County country is known for producing flowers arsenic good arsenic vegetables similar brussels sprouts.

It’s a bulk achromatic assemblage and astir 5% of the colonisation is Asian, according to Census data.

“We are sickened by today’s calamity successful Half Moon Bay,” Pine said. “We person not adjacent had clip to grieve for those mislaid successful the unspeakable shooting successful Monterey Park. Gun unit indispensable stop.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted that helium was “at the infirmary gathering with victims of a wide shooting erstwhile I get pulled distant to beryllium briefed astir different shooting. This clip successful Half Moon Bay. Tragedy upon tragedy.”

On Jan. 16, a teenage parent and her babe were among six radical killed successful a shooting astatine a location successful California’s Central Valley.