“There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time,” authorities tweeted just before 5 p.m. Monday.
Christina Corpus, the San Mateo County Sheriff, said during a news conference that deputies were dispatched at 2:22 pm Monday and found four people dead from gunshot wounds as well as another person with life-threatening injuries. Deputies then discovered three more bodies at a separate scene about a mile away. At least one scene was described by local officials as a mushroom farm, and Corpus told reporters they were both nurseries.
The motive is unknown, Corpus said, but police believed the shooter acted alone. He is believed to have worked at one of the nurseries, Corpus said, and the victims may have as well.
David Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, said during the news conference that there are “too many guns” in the US.
In a statement, Pine said that the board of supervisors is “sickened” by the mass shooting. It came just two days after a 72-year-old man killed 11 people at a dance studio in Monterey Park, a predominantly Asian American suburb of Los Angeles.
“We are sickened by today’s tragedy in Half Moon Bay,” Pine said in the statement. “The scourge of gun violence has sadly hit home. We have not even had time to grieve for those lost in the terrible shooting in Monterey Park. Gun violence must stop. The State of California has among the strictest gun laws in the United States, which we have strengthened through local action here, but more must be done. The status quo cannot be tolerated.”