California governor Gavin Newsom lamented “tragedy after tragedy” after seven people died in the state’s second mass shooting in three days.
Newsom, a rising star in the Democratic Party who is being tipped for president, said he felt as if the Second Amendment had “become a suicide pact” after seven Chinese workers were shot to death at a farm and trucking company in northern California on Monday.
The shooting came after 11 people – mostly elderly Chinese residents – were killed during the Lunar New Year festival in Southern California’s Monterey Park on Saturday.
Officials called Saturday’s attack the deadliest mass shooting in Los Angeles County history.
“It seems like this Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact,” Newsom said.
“California’s death rate is 37 percent lower than the rest of the country, and yet, with all this evidence, no one on the other side cares. I can’t do anything in Congress.”
The governor said he was at a hospital meeting with victims of the Monterey Park shooting when he was informed of the second shooting in Half Moon Bay. “Tragedy after tragedy,” he said.
The accused gunman, named Zhao Chunli, 67, from Half Moon Bay, was arrested shortly after he was found sitting in his vehicle parked outside the sheriff’s station, where authorities said he had come to surrender in.
A semi-automatic handgun was found in his car, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said at an evening news conference.
Corpus said the suspect, who “cooperated fully” with investigators after his arrest, worked at one of the two crime scenes.
She described these places as agricultural “nurseries” where some workers also lived. Local media reported that one site was a mushroom farm.
The motive for the shooting is under investigation.
Officials in Half Moon Bay lamented the new violence on Monday afternoon.
“Two hours ago, I joined my colleagues on the steps of the Capitol for a vigil for the victims of the Monterey Park shooting,” said Marc Berman, a member of the California assembly.
“Before we had a chance to mourn them, there was another mass shooting – this time in Half Moon Bay. In my neighborhood.
The last two shootings were also notable for the age of the suspects, one in the late 1960s, the other in the early 1970s.
New footage shows a man wrestling with a gun in front of a suspect in the Monterey Park shooting.
In the NBC news video, Brandon Tsay is seen taking the gun from the suspect and pointing it at him.
“At one point I was able to pull the gun away from him, point it at him, intimidate him, yell at him and say get the fuck out of here. I will shoot. interview.
Elsewhere on Monday night, a shootout at an Oakland gas station killed one person and injured seven others in the San Francisco Bay Area
Police gave few details but said all surviving victims were taken to area hospitals.
The shooting took place just hours after the Half Moon Bay shooting, and no arrests have been made so far.