More California blood. Within hours of the Los Angeles ballroom shooting, a man shot and killed seven people in the Half Bay Moon area of San Mateo County, south of San Francisco. The killer is in the custody of the officers who found him in the parking lot of a nearby police station.
The man was identified as 67-year-old Zhao Chunli and the victims, according to rumors, are Chinese farmers. “He was stopped without problems and the weapon was found. There is no danger to the community,” the police said. Chunli opened fire in the early afternoon at two different locations not far from each other. The reasons for this crazy gesture are not yet known and the police are investigating trying to shed light on what happened.
“Two hours ago I was with my colleagues at a vigil for the victims” of the Monterey Park auditorium, but there was no time to remind her that “another mass shooting occurred right away, this time in Half Bay Moon,” Congressman Mark Berman tweeted. California Senator Josh Baker echoes him: “I will do everything I can to support the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and Half Moon Bay officials during these difficult times.”
For California, the US state with the strictest gun laws, this is the second massacre in a few hours. After the Los Angeles auditorium shooting, some Democratic senators introduced steps to ban assault weapons and raise the purchase age for handguns and shotguns to 21. The initiatives were well received by Joe Biden. “I am asking Congress to act urgently — and highlight the President — to place an assault weapons ban on my desk.”
In addition to the two massacres in California, two students died and a teacher was seriously injured when three men opened fire at Starts Right Here, an institute that helps young people living in particularly disadvantaged circumstances in Des Moines, Iowa. “It was not a causal act: it was a targeted act,” the local police said. The investigation is still ongoing and the police arrested three suspects in a car not far from the school. the
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she was “shocked and heartbroken” by the shooting at the school, which was founded by Will Holmes, a rapper known as Will Keeps who came to Des Moines 20 years ago from Chicago, where he lived in a world of gangs before. Find support and help in music. The school seeks to encourage disadvantaged youth to use art, music, and other programs to thrive.
The Des Moines School District said, “We are saddened by yet another act of gun violence. We await further details, but our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.”
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