By Wyatt Carvalho
On the afternoon of January 23, what was described as a “workplace violence” occurred, as a farmer shot and killed 7 people, injuring an eighth. The murders took place at two local mushroom farms, in which children witnessed the massacre just as they were leaving school. San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said that the children all lived near the farms. “For children to witness this is unspeakable.” stated Corpus at Tuesday’s press conference. Luckily, no children were injured.
It is suspected to be a case of workplace violence, as the alleged perpetrator attempted to kill his roommate for not having his check for the job he quit days prior. After threatening his roommate, he attempts to suffocate him with a pillow. With luck, the victim was able to fend off the suspect. The suspect’s name is Chunli Zhao, a 66 year old farmer from Half Moon Bay. The victims consisted of five men and two women, all farm workers. 6 of the 7 victims names have been confirmed, being Zhishen Liu, 73, Marciano Martinez Jimenez, 50, Aixiang Zhang, 74, Qizhong Cheng, 66, Yetao Bing, 43, and Jingzhi Lu, 64. The last victim is suspected to be named Jose Romero Perez. All victims were farm workers on two of the mushroom farms in Half Moon Bay. Zhao was arrested the same day as the murders were committed, this Monday. He worked at both farms before the shootings.
This is the third mass shooting to occur in two days, showing the amount of violence that America is currently operating under. In this past month almost 40 mass shootings have occurred in the United States.