The Half Moon Bay shooting suspect is set to appear in court : NPR

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A row of bouquets laid across the street from Half Moon Bay city hall in honor of the shooting victims.

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A row of bouquets laid across the street from Half Moon Bay city hall in honor of the shooting victims.

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The accused man fatally shot seven of my friends Monday in the town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California he is being brought to court today.

Chunli Zhao, 66, is being held on seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for the shootings at two farms in Half Moon Bay. The authorities said he opened fire in a mushroom farm where he worked, then in a second agricultural site nearby.

In total, five men and two women are dead, and another man is seriously injured.

California Governor Gavin Newsom traveled to the rural coastal community after leaving the site of another mass shooting in Los Angeles Tuesday morning.

“Only in America. Number one in gun ownership. Number one in gun deaths,” he said. “It’s not complicated either. And guess what? It happened on our watch.”

Newsom met with family members of the victims and promised that the state “will have their back” for the long road ahead.

This story originally aired on NPR News.

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