$100 restore dispute sparked Half Moon Bay shootings, prosecutor says



The suspected gunman accused of killing seven individuals final week at two farms in Half Moon Bay advised investigators a dispute along with his supervisor over a invoice for equipment restore sparked the bloodbath, authorities mentioned.

The suspect, whom authorities recognized as Chunli Zhao, 66, advised regulation enforcement he grew to become indignant after being advised by his supervisor at California Terra Backyard, the positioning of the primary assault, that he needed to pay $100 to service a forklift that was broken in a crash with a bulldozer, which was reported in native information shops and confirmed by San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe.

Zhao advised regulation enforcement he grew to become agitated making an attempt to clarify the crash was not his fault. He advised police he then killed the supervisor and a colleague, authorities mentioned.

“This was the ultimate straw,” Wagstaffe advised The Occasions.

The opposite victims weren’t concerned within the dispute over the crash, however Wagstaffe mentioned the suspect advised investigators he went about concentrating on individuals with whom he had had different issues prior to now.

After the primary two individuals have been shot, Wagstaffe mentioned, Zhao went about to “settle all [his] grievances.”

The dispute was first reported by NBC Bay Space.

Zhao was arrested final week after two taking pictures incidents through which seven staff have been killed and one other was injured at California Terra Backyard and at Harmony Farm, the positioning of the second assault, the place the suspect had additionally labored.

In an interview final week, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus advised The Occasions that Zhao “snapped” and “focused” the victims.

Zhao admitted to the killings in a jailhouse interview with KNTV-TV and expressed remorse, mentioned reporter Janelle Wang, who spoke with the suspect in Mandarin on the San Mateo County jail in Redwood Metropolis.

Wang mentioned Zhao described being bullied at work. In line with Wang, the suspect additionally mentioned that he was affected by “some type of psychological sickness” and that he was “not in his proper thoughts” on the time of the taking pictures.

Wagstaffe advised The Occasions that the suspect’s feedback to the TV station have been “in step with what he advised regulation enforcement.” Wagstaffe declined to offer additional particulars.

The taking pictures has additionally centered consideration on the substandard office circumstances endured by agricultural staff, a lot of whom are undocumented and unaware of their rights.

State officers mentioned final week that they had opened investigations into labor and office practices on the two websites of the Jan. 23 shootings, and native leaders have mentioned they’re making an attempt to work with the farms to enhance housing.

On Monday, California Terra Backyard introduced it might be developing everlasting housing for its staff, a choice the corporate mentioned it made after it “uncovered a sequence of code and allowing necessities unknown earlier than the tragic taking pictures.”

The announcement additionally comes after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that neither of the 2 farms had the mandatory necessities to deal with staff there.

The corporate had initially deliberate to make repairs to the employees’ houses, a mixture of trailers and cellular items arrange on the farm, however shifted its plan towards new residences after native officers inspected the property, mentioned David Oates, a disaster public relations knowledgeable employed by California Terra Backyard.

In a earlier interview, Oates advised The Occasions that staff lived in “cellular trailer houses which might be permitted and inspected by the county.”

On Monday, he mentioned he meant to say the items had been permitted by the Division of Motor Autos, and mentioned he had despatched a textual content message clarifying the assertion. No such message was acquired by a reporter.

The houses must be accomplished in a 12 months, he mentioned.