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Seven dead in new California shootings

Seven people have been killed in a mass shooting at two locations near San Francisco, just days after 11 died in a dance hall massacre in southern California.

California Shootings Police say a suspect is in custody after shootings in the community of Half Moon Bay. (file)
January 24, 2023
By AAP
24 January 2023

Seven people have been killed in two related shootings at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and a suspect is in custody, officials say.

Four people were killed at the farm on Monday and three at the trucking business on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine says.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the locations were connected.

California state senator Josh Becker, who represents the area, said people were killed in separate shootings. 

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa tweeted that one shooting happened at a mushroom farm.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office tweeted just before 5pm that a suspect was in custody.

“There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time,” the sheriff’s office said.

Television footage from the area showed officers taking a man into custody without incident.

Aerial television images also showed police officers collecting evidence from a farm with dozens of greenhouses.

The shooting followed the killing of 11 people late Saturday at a ballroom dance hall in southern California.

“We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay,” Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement.

“We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop.”

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