According to San Mateo County district attorney Steve Wagstaffe, a farm worker who shot and killed seven people in two distinct California locales was angry because he had to pay the repair bill following a mishap involving his forklift and a coworker’s bulldozer.
After learning he would have to pay $100 to maintain the forklift at California Terra Garden, a mushroom farm in Half Moon Bay, Chunli Zhao said investigators he had grown irritated with his supervisor, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Zhao claimed that despite his best efforts to convince his boss that the crash was not his responsibility, he was unsuccessful.
Wagstaffe told the Times, “This was the last straw.
On January 23, Zhao fatally murdered his boss and a teammate before opening fire on other farm workers.
According to officials, the shooting claimed the lives of two further persons and critically injured a third.
Zhao allegedly shot and murdered three more people at a different site after traveling about two miles.
The latter victims weren’t a part of the argument about the repair cost, but the 66-year-old suspect claimed to have tried to pick on persons he’d previously had issues with.
Zhao went on to “settle all of [his] grievances,” according to Wagstaffe.
When police discovered Zhao inside a car parked outside a sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay, it was hours after the shooting before he was taken into custody.
Seven counts of murder and one count of attempted murder have been brought against him. He was being held without bond at the San Mateo County Jail.