Half Moon Bay shooting victims identified
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - San Mateo County officials on Wednesday released the names of the seven people killed in a mass shooting in Half Moon Bay.
Officials say Zhishen Liu, 73, and his wife, Aixiang Zhang, 74, of San Francisco; Qizhong Cheng, 66, and his wife Jingzhi Lu, 64, of Half Moon Bay; Marciano Martinez Jimenez, 50, of Moss Beach; Yetao Bing, 43, and Jose Romero Perez, 38, were all victims of Monday's shooting.
A cousin told KTVU that Perez leaves behind a wife and four children in Oaxaca, Mexico. A Gofundme has been set up for the Jimenez family to help with funeral costs and to transport the victim's body back to Mexico.
Perez's younger brother, Pedro Perez, is the eighth shooting victim, the cousin said, and the sole survivor of the workplace tragedy.
He is still at the hospital.
Pedro Perez, is the eighth shooting victim, the cousin said, and the sole survivor of the workplace tragedy.
Marciano Martinez Jimenez, one of the victims killed in the Half Moon Bay shootings.
The shootings were carried out at two separate mushroom farms, where Sheriff Cristina Corpus said alleged gunman Chunli Zhao, 66, shot seven co-workers with a legally purchased handgun.
Corpus said that Zhao was upset over a kind of workplace dispute, which she did not elaborate on.
Prosecutors addressed the media outside a San Mateo County courthouse where Zhao made his first court appearance on Wednesday.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said that the first three victims killed by Zhao were a supervisor and the spouses of two of his coworkers.
Wagstaffe also said a note was found in Zhao's car, but he would not elaborate on what it said.
Zhao is was charged with seven counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
He was being held without bail.
The Half Moon Bay Strong Fund has been set up to collect donations directly supporting the victims’ families.
Individual fundraisers have also been set up for some of the victims, including for Marciano Martinez-Jimenez and Jose Perez.