Three Mass Shootings in Two Days Shock Californians and the Nation


By Kaitlyn Nussbaum and Audrey Hinchman , Staff Writers

Californians are shaken up after three mass shootings in two days.

A shooting took place at Monterey Park in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 22nd. A 72 year old Gunman killed 11 people at a Los Angeles dance studio. The suspect tried to enter another dance studio, where he was disarmed and fled the scene. He later died of a self-inflicting gun shot. 

President, Joe Biden, spoke about the Monterey shooting in California. 

“Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in last night’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park. I’m monitoring this situation closely as it develops, and urge the community to follow guidance from local officials and law enforcement in the hours ahead,” He said. 

On Tuesday, January 24, seven victims died of a shooting in Half Moon Bay. Suspect, 67 year old Zhao, was taken into custody two hours after the second shooting in the state in three days, according to Christina Corpus, San Mateo’s County Sheriff. He was found by a sheriff’s deputy at 4:40 pm in his vehicle in the parking lot of the sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay. A semi-automatic handgun was found in the vehicle. Seven people were killed and one injured in this Half Moon Bay shooting which was the latest spasm of gun carnage.

Authorities were alerted at 2:22 pm 30 miles south from Francisco, according to the Christina Corpus, where 4 victims were found dead and one victim found injured upon arrival. They found 3 more dead victims at the second location. One shooting took place at a mushroom farm and the other two miles from the mushroom farm, near a trucking facility. 

Students at Wayne Hills High School shared their thoughts on these shootings. 

Lauryn Freeman, a freshman from Wayne Hills said, “I think the shootings are tragic, and it’s so sad that they happen. It is so damaging to the community. I feel so grateful that me and my family or friends have never experienced something like this, and I feel terrible for people in California who can now say they have.”

Authorities have been saying they haven’t identified the motive for either of these incidents or rampages. Each of these shootings seemed to be the suspects of old retired men which is much older than the typical shooters in the U.S.  

California Governor Gavin Newsom, said he was visiting wounded survivors from Saturday night’s massacre in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park when he was informed of Monday’s killings in northern California.

The US has seen 38 mass shootings this year, according to the gun violence Archive. Archive and CNN define mass shootings where four or more people are killed.