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Archbishop Cordileone on recent mass shootings: ‘We need to reclaim God at the center of our lives’

Police officers in Half Moon Bay, Calif., detain a man believed by law enforcement to be the Half Moon Bay mass shooting suspect Jan. 23, 2023, in this screengrab taken from a social media video. At least seven people were killed and one person critically injured that day in shootings at two separate locations in the small coastal community in the San Francisco Bay area, officials said. It was the state's second mass shooting in 48 hours. (OSV News photo/Kati McHugh, social media via Reuters)

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (OSV News) – Less than 48 hours after 11 people were killed and nine more injured at a dance hall Jan. 21 in Monterey Park, California, seven more people were shot and killed at two different landscape nurseries Jan. 23 near Half Moon Bay, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, was taken into custody after he was found in his car in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay sheriff’s office substation. He is believed to have acted alone.

“The recent shootings in Monterey Park and now in Half Moon Bay remind us of how fragile human life is, but also how precious human life is,” said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in a statement issued late Jan. 23. “We must never take human life for granted. We must never take out our aggressions and our frustrations on others, especially in any form of violence.”

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