At least seven people are dead and one person is seriously injured after two shootings in Half Moon Bay, according to San Mateo County officials.
The suspect, a 67-year-old man who lives in Half Moon Bay, is in custody, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said at a news conference Monday.
Deputies were alerted to a shooting in a vacant area of San Mateo County at 2:22 p.m. PT, the sheriff said. They found four victims dead and one injured when they arrived at the first scene, and a short time later, three more victims were found dead at another scene, Corpus said.
One shooting happened at a mushroom farm and the other near a truck stop, about two miles from the farm, Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors earlier told CNN.
At 4:40 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy found the suspect in his car in the parking lot of a sheriff’s station in Half Moon Bay, Corpus said, and he was taken into custody without incident. An automatic rifle was found in his car at the time, he said.
“This kind of shooting is terrible,” Corpus said at a news conference. “It’s a sad story that we hear so often but today it hit home here in San Mateo County.”
A motive has not been determined, the sheriff said, but officials believe the suspect acted alone and the community is not threatened.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was at a medical briefing on the mass shooting in Monterey Park when he “was pulled over to be told about another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay.”
“Tragedy upon tragedy,” Newsom tweeted.
A shooting in Monterey Park over the weekend left 11 people dead.
Half Moon Bay is about 28 miles south of San Francisco and is in the westernmost part of San Mateo County, according to the city’s website.