San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe shared on Friday that the Half Moon Bay shooting that saw seven lose their lives was caused by a $100 repair bill.
Wagstaffe confirmed with the Bay Area News Group that the shooter told investigators he carried out the mass shooting after his supervisor at the mushroom farm he worked at demanded he pay $100 to fix the forklift he damaged at work.
The alleged shooter, Chunli Zhao, told investigators he was mad about the bill because it was one of his co-workers who caused the collision between his forklift and the co-worker’s bulldozer.
The 66-year-old shot and killed four workers and wounded a fifth Monday at California Terra Garden and then went to his previous place of employment, Concord Farms, where he killed three former co-workers, authorities say, KNTV-TV reported.
On Monday, Zhao allegedly went to discuss the bill with his boss, during which his supervisor insisted that he had to pay for the damages. KNTV reported that he then shot his boss and the co-worker who he blamed for the damage.
Zhao spoke with the station during an interview on Thursday. During the interview, he admitted to committing the shootings and claimed that he was bullied and worked long hours on the farm, but his supervisors never addressed his complaints.
The shooting took place just two days after 11 were killed and at least nine injured in Monterey Park, California. Since the shootings, calls for stricter gun control have continued to grow, including from California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who spoke from Half Moon Bay last week.
“This happened on our watch. Society becomes how we behave,” Newsom said. “We’ve allowed this to happen. It doesn’t have to be this way. It hasn’t always been this way.”