California staggered by deadly back-to-back mass shootings

By Tim Reid and Daniel Trotta MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (Reuters) -Just two days after a gunman killed 11 people at a Los Angeles-area dance studio, seven more victims were

shot dead in an agricultural area near San Francisco, as California suffered one of its bloodiest spates of mass gun violence in decades. Authorities said they had not

identified the motive for either of the rampages, which seemed especially baffling in part because the suspects in each were men of retirement age, much older than is typical for

perpetrators of deadly mass shootings that have become numbingly routine in the United States. 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. "Tragedy upon tragedy," Newsom wrote

on Twitter. Otherwise, the back-to-back shootings appeared to have little in common. The latest spasm of gun carnage struck the coastal town of Half Moon Bay, about

30 miles south of San Francisco, where a gunman opened fire on groups of farm workers at two locations about a mile apart, leaving a total of seven dead and one badly wounded,

then fled. The accused gunman, identified as Chunli Zhao, 67, was taken into custody a short time later after he was found sitting in his vehicle, parked outside a

sheriff's station, where authorities said they believe he had come to turn himself in. A semi-automatic handgun was found in his car, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina

Corpus told an evening news conference.