A farm worker charged with killing seven people at two “Half Moon Bay mushroom farms” allegedly told investigators he was prodded into shooting after his supervisor asked him to pay $100 to fix a forklift that was damaged on the job colleagues.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe confirmed to the Bay Area News Group on Friday that Chunli Zhao was outraged by the bill for the equipment being repaired, saying his forklift was tied to a co-worker The bulldozer collided and blame was placed on a colleague.
The development was first reported by KNTV-TV, NBC’s Bay Area affiliate, KNTV-TV.
Chunli Zhao, 66, shot and killed four workers and wounded a fifth employee at California Terra Garden on Monday, authorities said. He then went to nearby Concord Farms, where he used to work, and shot and killed three former colleagues.
KNTV-TV reported that Zhao Chunli told KNTV-TV in an interview in court on Thursday that he had been bullied and worked long hours as a farm manager, but his grievances were ignored.
Zhao Chunli complained about the bill to his supervisor on Monday, but the supervisor insisted he needed to pay it. Cho then allegedly shot the supervisor and the colleague, according to news outlets.
Zhao Chunli told television stations in Mandarin from a county jail in Redwood City that he had lived in the United States for 11 years and had obtained a green card. He said he has a 40-year-old daughter in China and lives with his wife in Half Moon Bay.
(This article is based on a report by The Associated Press.)