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7 dead in new California shooting as police probe dance hall killings

A San Mateo County sheriff deputy stands guard at the scene of a shooting on highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, California on January 23, 2023.

A San Mateo County sheriff deputy stands guard at the scene of a shooting on highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, California on January 23, 2023.

An Asian farm worker was in custody Monday (Jan 23) after seven of his colleagues were killed in front of children at sites in California, days after a mass shooter killed 11 people at a Lunar New Year celebration near Los Angeles

The latest bloodshed to hit Asian Americans in California occurred at two farms around Half Moon Bay, a coastal community near San Francisco

San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said seven people were killed and one injured in the twin shootings, and that a 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident named Chunli Zhao had been taken into custody

As the new tragedy unfolded, detectives at the southern end of the state were still probing what drove an elderly Asian immigrant to shoot dead 11 people gathered in celebration at a suburban dance hall — before taking his own life as police closed in

Both suspects used semiautomatic handguns in their assaults, and both appeared to have connections to at least some of their victims

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