Los Angeles (USA), 25 January. The alleged perpetrator of this Monday’s shooting in Half Moon Bay (California, USA), which left seven people dead, was charged this Wednesday with seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
A San Mateo County federal prosecutor, Steve Wagstaff, accused the sole suspect in the attack, a 66-year-old Asian man, of “intentionally” shooting, which will be tried as murder under “special circumstances” that could cost . He was also sentenced to death.
The alleged perpetrator of the shooting is expected to appear this Wednesday at a courthouse in downtown Redwood City, where the San Mateo County Superior Court is located.
California has not executed a death row inmate since 2006, and its governor, Gavin Newsom (Democratic Party), announced a moratorium on capital punishment in 2019.
This Monday, seven people were killed and one seriously injured in 2 shootings in the Half Moon Bay agricultural community, 19 kilometers south of San Francisco, which was made up of a greenhouse and a field where mushrooms were collected.
The dead bodies of four were found near the farm and three at the adjacent place.
The only injured person was taken to a nearby hospital and remains in serious condition, according to the county police department.
The suspect immediately went to the Half Bay Moon Sheriff’s Office parking lot and turned himself in minutes after the attacks.
Officers found a semi-automatic pistol registered in his name inside his vehicle.
The attack followed another shooting on Saturday night in the city of Monterey Park (Los Angeles County, California), which killed 11 people during Chinese New Year celebrations.
The state known as the Golden State is one of the most restrictive in the sale and use of weapons. You must be 21 years old to buy a gun; pass a shooting test; provide identification; and file an application with the Department of Justice.
On the other hand, this Tuesday, another attack, this time in a grocery store in Yakima (Washington State), killed three people.
In the first 25 days of 2023, there have been 40 mass shootings in 18 different states across the US, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that counts daily incidents of armed violence in the country .
The GVA defines a mass shooting as one that ends with three victims, whether dead or injured, not including the perpetrator of the assault if he or she died or was injured during the incident. .