A prosecutor in California has claimed that the Half Moon Bay shooter was motivated by resentment over a $100 (£80) repair bill he had to pay after his forklift collided with a bulldozer owned by a coworker. According to San Mateo County DA Steve Wagstaffe, a dispute over payment of a bill at work was a contributing factor in the suspect’s arrest.
The 66-year-old Chunli Zhao is being charged with seven counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. It was discovered that the suspect worked at a mushroom farm in the area. Mr. Wagstaff told KTVU and CNN that the suspect told law enforcement that the cost of repairs may have been the “match” that started the shooting.
Last week, in an interview from jail, the suspect said that he had been bullied and forced to work long hours on the farm, but that his complaints had been ignored. Mr. Zhao, a Chinese national, called the station and said he has been a permanent resident of the United States for the past 11 years and that he spoke Mandarin.
Last week’s shooting victims were all people who worked in agriculture. Shootings claimed the lives of four people at the suspect’s farm, California Terra Garden. A gunman allegedly worked at Concord Farms, where three people were killed. All of the victims were either Asian or Hispanic adults; six men and two women.
The local coroner’s office has positively identified six of the victims so far. Yetao Bing (age 43), Qizhong Cheng (age 66), Aixiang Zhang (age 74), Jingzhi Lu (age 64), Zhishen Liu (age 73), and Marciano Martinez Jimenez (age 50) are the others. It has been set for February 16 for the gunman to make his court appearance. His plea has not been entered as of yet.