Chunli Zhao, the accused in the Half Moon Bay mass shooting that killed seven people and wounded one, admitted during an interview at the jail Thursday with NBC Bay Area’s Janelle Wang that he committed the deadly shootings.
Zhao, who spoke to Wang in Mandarin for about 15 minutes at the San Mateo County jail in Redwood City, also said he drove to the sheriff’s substation after the shooting to surrender.
Zhao said he had endured bullying and long hours on the farms for years, and these issues were never addressed. He also said he believes he has some kind of mental illness and was not in his right mind on the day of the shooting, Wang said.
Zhao told Wang he has been in the US for 11 years and has a green card. He purchased the gun used in the 2021 murders and encountered no obstacles in the purchase.
He also expressed remorse for the killings, Wang said.
Zhao said he has a wife who lives with him in Half Moon Bay and a 40-year-old daughter who lives in China.
Watch more in Wang’s video review above.
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