This combo of booking images provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office shows, from top row from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, bottom row from left, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith. The five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the arrest and death of Tyre Nichols.
Five former Memphis police officers have been indicted and jailed in the beating death of Tyre Nichols, who died days after a traffic stop on Jan. 7.
Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith each face several charges, including second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.
Like Nichols, all of the fired officers are Black.
On Wednesday, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis released a video statement discussing "the horrific circumstances" of Nichols' death. She called it a professional failing and said "the incident was heinous, reckless and inhumane."
The Shelby County district attorney is scheduled to hold a news conference to discuss the charges on Thursday at 2 p.m. local time.
Body camera footage of the incident has been shown to Nichols' family but has not been made public. Local officials have said they will release it this week or next week.
The Shelby County District Attorney's Office said in its statement it understood the "reasonable request from the public" to view the video of Nichols' death. The office said it was working to determine how quickly it could release the footage.
Family members and supporters hold a photograph of Tyre Nichols at a news conference in Memphis, Tenn., earlier this week.
Nichols died on Jan. 10, three days after he was stopped by Memphis police for reckless driving. Police said the 29-year-old fled the scene of the traffic stop but eventually was taken into custody after two "confrontations" with officers.
Nichols had complained of shortness of breath following his arrest and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to authorities. His family said the police beat him so badly that he became unrecognizable.
Ben Crump, one of the family's attorneys, said during a news conference earlier this week that Nichols was tased, pepper-sprayed and restrained during the arrest.
Crump said that, in body camera footage of the incident, Nichols could be heard calling out for his mother.
"Yet again, we're seeing evidence of what happens to Black and brown people from simple traffic stops," Crump said. "You should not be killed because of a simple traffic stop."
Earlier this week in a statement posted to Twitter, Davis, the police chief, said the five officers violated multiple police department policies — "including excessive use of force, duty to intervene. and duty to render aid."
"The Memphis Police Department is committed to protecting and defending the rights of every citizen in our city," Davis said. "The egregious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the good work that our officers perform, with integrity, every day."
The Justice Department and the FBI have also launched a civil rights investigation into Nichols' death; the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a separate investigation.
NPR's Joe Hernandez contributed to this report.
Five former police officers in Tennessee have been charged with second-degree murder after a man died following a traffic stop.
Tyre Nichols, 29, was stopped in Memphis on 7 January for reckless driving. He died three days later.
Officials will give an update on Thursday and video of the arrest is expected to be released later.
The city's police chief earlier urged people to stay calm once the footage is made public.
"This is not just a professional failing. This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual," Police Chief CJ Davis said.
The five officers, all of whom joined the Memphis Police Department in the last six years, were fired last week after an investigation found them to be "directly responsible for the physical abuse of Mr Nichols".
Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr, Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith are all in custody, jail records show.
All have been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.
A lawyer for one of the former officers, Mr Mills Jr, said he would hold a news conference later on Thursday. Another lawyer who represents Mr Martin III confirmed his client had been charged and had turned himself in.
The Nichols family and their lawyers privately reviewed the video footage of the arrest earlier this week. "He was a human piñata. It was an unadulterated, unabashed, non-stop beating of this young boy for three minutes," lawyer Antonio Romanucci said of its contents.
On Wednesday, the family's lawyers said an autopsy indicated he had been severely beaten.
Mr Nichols was stopped by police on his way to a local park, his mother said. City officials said police officers pulled him over for reckless driving and two "confrontations" occurred.
According to authorities, the first happened as officers approached the vehicle and he attempted to flee on foot. They said the second confrontation happened when officers tried to arrest him.
Mr Nichols later complained of shortness of breath and was taken to hospital, police said, where he was listed in a critical condition. Officials said Mr Nichols had "succumbed to his injuries" on 10 January, but provided no further detail. An official cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
The FBI and the Department of Justice have opened a civil rights investigation into Mr Nichols's death.
"My son was a beautiful soul," said Mr Nichols's mother, Rowvaughn Wells. "Nobody is perfect, but he was damn near." She called her son's death a "murder".
Bay Area Rep. Eric Swalwell kicked off House Intelligence Committee in what he describes as "political vengeance."
WASHINGTON (KGO) -- A day after being formally removed from the House Intelligence Committee, Bay Area Congressman Eric Swalwell responded by calling the Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy's decision to strip him of the assignment he's held for eight years "political vengeance" and retribution.
"The new McCarthy looks a lot like the old McCarthy," Swalwell told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning. "The old McCarthy abused political power to punish and demean and smear his political opponents, and the new McCarthy in Washington today is doing the same."
Swalwell, who served as a manager on the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, was joined by Congressmembers Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who McCarthy also stripped of their committee assignments.
"The three of us have decided to stick together because this isn't about any one committee assignment. This is about an institution where the Speaker of the House is using his power to go after his political opponents and to pick them off the field," Swalwell said.
Schiff also played a prominent role in the impeachment of former President Trump. He told reporters McCarthy's decision was political payback against him and Democrats, who removed Republican congress members Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar from their committee assignments in 2021 after embracing politically violent rhetoric on social media.
McCarthy had vowed retribution should Republicans win control of the House.
"In a bitter bargain to get the speakership, he is slowly undermining each part of the work of this institution," Schiff said.
Speaker McCarthy announced that he was planning to remove Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee during a press conference Tuesday night, citing concerns about national security.
"Let me be very clear, this is not anything political," McCarthy said.
McCarthy alluded to a 2020 report in Axios that reported Swalwell was targeted by a Chinese spy as part of an influence campaign in 2014, before he served on the intelligence committee. The report said that after Swalwell was alerted to the woman's true identity, he cut off ties. But Republicans have continued to raise concerns about the association.
"I'm sorry. Swalwell, you all know, does not have, or should have the responsibility to serve on the Intel Committee," McCarthy said.
Swalwell responded to those allegations saying he did nothing wrong.
"The FBI said three times, all I did was two things: I helped them over and over, and I was never suspected of wrongdoing," Swalwell said. "It's purely political vengeance."
ABC News political director Rick Klein says after McCarthy's narrow battle for speaker, he likely had to make good on a promise to his party.
"Call it retribution, call it payback, or call it the promise he made when running, I think he had to go and do this," Klein said of McCarthy.
But he said doing so could have a lasting impact.
"I think this is going to be something in the future that is set as a precedent," Klein said. "And if Republicans are in control they're going to deny some Democrats seats. And if the Democrats are in control they're going to deny Republicans some seats."
Rep. Eric Swalwell gave a press conference with Reps. Adam Schiff and Ilhan Omar over House Speaker Kevin McCarthy removing them from their House committee seats.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., vowed that he and two other House Democrats do not plan to go away, despite not being reappointed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to committees they historically served on, adding the speaker’s decision was "purely about political vengeance."
During a press conference on Wednesday, Swalwell and Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., responded to McCarthy’s decision to not reappoint the three legislators to their committees.
"Even though we have said publicly, ‘These smears are bringing death threats against us,’ he continues to do it, which makes us believe that there’s an intent behind it," Swalwell said. "But we will not be quiet. We’re not going away. I think he’ll regret giving all three of us more time on our hands. But at the end of the day, our mission now is to restore the credibility and integrity of this institution of which the speaker has so gravely, so gravely smashed and destroyed."
In a letter on Tuesday, McCarthy shot down demands from Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries to reappoint Swalwell and Schiff, who were "eminently qualified" legislators with more than two decades of providing oversight of the nation’s Intelligence Committee.
McCarthy has expressed concerns in the past over the two legislators. Swalwell’s alleged ties to a Chinese spy named Christine Fang, or Fang Fang, in 2014 raised questions.
McCarthy also has said Schiff has lied too many times to the American public. Schiff was one of the Democrats’ lead spokesmen on the explosive allegations against former President Donald Trump, saying he colluded with Russia in the 2020 election.
An investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller "did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple efforts from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."
McCarthy said Tuesday that he could not put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, nor could he simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for being part of the Intelligence Committee.
"Integrity matters more," he said. "The misuse of this panel during the 116th and 117th Congresses severely undermined its primary national security and oversight missions — ultimately leaving our nation less safe."
After learning of McCarthy’s decision, Schiff turned to Twitter.
"Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee," he said. "This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump. If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is. I will always defend our democracy."
A reporter on Capitol Hill asked McCarthy about his decision to not reappoint Swalwell and Schiff to the Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, and the House speaker did not hold back.
McCarthy said Schiff used his position as chairman of the Intelligence Committee and lied to the American people about information the rest of America did not have. McCarthy also said when a whistleblower came forward, Schiff claimed he did not know the person even though his staff met with him.
"No, he does not have a right to sit on that," McCarthy said. "He can serve on a committee, but he will not serve on intel because it goes to the national security of America, and I will always put that first."
The speaker also went into details about Swalwell, saying the FBI never gave congressional leaders a briefing about Swalwell's problem with a Chinese spy until he served on the Intelligence Committee.
"So, it wasn’t just us who were concerned about it. The FBI was concerned about putting a member of Congress on the Intel Committee, that has the rights to see things that others don’t, because of his knowledge and relationship with a Chinese spy," McCarthy said. "I got that briefing, so I do not believe he should sit on that committee… and I believe there’s 200 other Democrats that can serve on that committee."
Omar was also left out of being appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, mainly because of her past antisemitic remarks.
McCarthy said in November that when he is speaker of the house, he would remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her antisemitic comments.
"We watch antisemitism grow, not just on our campuses, but we watched it grow in the halls of Congress," McCarthy said at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2022 leadership meeting in Las Vegas. "I promised you last year that as speaker she will no longer be on Foreign Affairs, and I’m keeping that promise."
In a tweet before joining Congress, Omar claimed Israel had "hypnotized the world," and after being elected she submitted a resolution to the House comparing boycotting Israel to boycotting the Nazis. Omar also came under fire in 2019 for appearing to minimize the 9-11 attacks, when speaking to a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) audience in March of that year. "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties," that day.
"Kevin McCarthy’s purely partisan move to strip us from our committee is not only a political stunt, but also a blow to the integrity of our democratic institution and threat to our national security," Omar said Wednesday. "If McCarthy wants to denigrate the House and its committees, we will always stand up to these efforts."
Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.
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During a press pool Tuesday, reporters pressed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) on his decision to boot Democratic congressmen Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee. After one reporter accused McCarthy of avoiding the question, the California Republican shot down the journalist.
Schiff "used his position as chairman—knowing he has information the rest of America does not—and lied to the American public," said the speaker. "He does not have a right to sit on that" committee.
"It wasn't just us who were concerned about it. The FBI was concerned about putting a member of Congress on the intel committee—that has the rights to see things others don't—because of his knowledge and relationship with a Chinese spy," McCarthy said of Swalwell.
Today we learned that yet more classified documents slipped out of the White House and into the private home of a top official. We're not talking about the residence of President Biden or former President Donald Trump. These documents were uncovered at the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence. For the latest, we're joined by NPR's Greg Myre. Hey, Greg.
GREG MYRE, BYLINE: Hi, Mary Louise.
KELLY: So another day, another tranche of classified documents turning up somewhere they should not have been. How were these documents found?
MYRE: They were found at Pence's home in Carmel, Ind., on January 16. That's eight days ago, and that's according to an aide to Pence, Greg Jacob. Now, he says Pence wasn't aware that he had this classified material at his home, but because of these recent document discoveries involving President Biden and President Trump, this prompted Pence to ask an outside lawyer to review the material stored at his home. And the lawyer found, quote, "a small number of documents that could potentially contain sensitive or classified information." Now, Pence's aide said these documents were inadvertently boxed and transported when Pence left the White House two years ago. And upon learning this, Pence put the documents in a locked safe. The FBI collected them from the safe last Thursday.
KELLY: OK. So the FBI has them now. Will this set off the same kind of investigation we are seeing with documents linked to President Biden and former President Trump?
MYRE: Well, we don't know yet, and we don't know what's in the documents, but this certainly seems possible. Now, Attorney General Merrick Garland has already named two separate special counsels. One is looking into the documents found at Biden's former office and residence, and the other one is reviewing the material found at Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. Now, Pence is a possible Republican presidential contender in 2024. He'd certainly want to get this resolved before launching a campaign. With Trump declaring his candidacy and Biden likely to do so, we now have three possible candidates who need to sort out some issues with classified documents.
KELLY: Yeah. Well, and I have to note, both Democrats and Republicans seem extremely concerned when someone from the other party is found with classified documents. What are we hearing today?
MYRE: Right. So Pence himself hasn't commented, but he did speak to CBS on January 11, and that was five days before the documents were found at his home. He said his staff, quote, "reviewed all the materials in our office and our residence to ensure there were no classified materials that left the White House." Now, he said that he was very confident that was the case, although five days later we find out the opposite took place. And the head of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, said Pence has agreed to fully cooperate. And we should note that Biden and his staff have cooperated with the government while former President Trump resisted for months as the government sought to retrieve missing classified documents from him.
KELLY: Starting to feel like a safe bet, Greg, that this ain't the last case you and I may have occasion to discuss, that more classified material is out there somewhere. Speak to why it is so hard for the government just to keep a handle on this, track it all down.
MYRE: Yeah. It is actually very hard to do that unless somebody actually knows that it's gone. You know, with classified documents, one agency will create it, and then it gets shared with other parts of the government, including the White House. But there's no master list of every document, which can vary widely in terms of sensitivity. So documents do go missing, usually by accident. And the intelligence community even has a term for this. They call it spillage. It happens, and they know it happens.
KELLY: NPR's Greg Myre, thank you.
A portrait of Tyre Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols was killed during a traffic stop with Memphis Police on Jan. 7.
Two Memphis, Tenn., fire department employees have been "relieved of duty" while an internal investigation is conducted in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died days after a traffic stop on Jan. 7.
Memphis Fire Department spokesperson Qwanesha Ward told NPR the employees — who were not identified — were "involved in the initial patient care" of Nichols. She did not go into further details.
"This is an ongoing investigation, and we cannot comment further at this time," Ward said.
Nichols died on Jan. 10, three days after he was stopped by Memphis police for reckless driving. The 29-year-old fled the scene of the traffic stop but eventually was taken into custody after what Memphis police say were two "confrontations" with its officers.
Nichols had complained of shortness of breath following his arrest and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, authorities said. His family said the police beat him so badly that he became unrecognizable.
Attorney Ben Crump, one of the family's attorneys, told reporters during a news conference Monday that Nichols was tased, pepper sprayed and restrained during the incident — part of which occurred nearly 80 yards from where he lived with his mother and stepfather.
Crump said that, in body camera footage of the incident, Nichols could be heard calling out for his mother.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks at a news conference with the family of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, as RowVaughn Wells, mother of Tyre, right, and Tyre's stepfather Rodney Wells, along with attorney Tony Romanucci, left, also stand with Crump, in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.
"Yet again, we're seeing evidence of what happens to Black and brown people from simple traffic stops," he said. "You should not be killed because of a simple traffic stop."
Nichols' mother, RowVaughn Wells, told reporters during Monday's news conference that her son didn't do drugs or carry guns. She questioned why police felt the need to violently arrest him.
"He had my name tattooed on his arm, and that made me proud, because most kids don't put their mom's name, but he did," she said.
Family and supporters of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, bow in prayer at the start of a news conference with civil rights Attorney Ben Crump in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.
The Memphis Police Department announced last week it had concluded its administrative investigation into Nichols' death, saying it had fired five officers: Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith.
Like Nichols, all of the dismissed officers are Black.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn 'CJ' Davis said the officers had violated multiple police department policies — including excessive use of force, duty to intervene and duty to render aid.
"The Memphis Police Department is committed to protecting and defending the rights of every citizen in our city," Davis said in her statement. "The egregious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the good work that our officers perform, with integrity, every day."
Additionally, the Shelby County District Attorney's Office said in its statement it understood the "reasonable request from the public" to view the video of Nichols' death. The office said it was working to determine how quickly it could release the footage.
"Our office is committed to transparency and understands the reasonable request from the public to view the video footage. However, we must ensure we abide by applicable laws and ethical rules so that we do not jeopardize an ongoing investigation or prosecution," the district attorney's office said.
The Justice Department and the FBI have launched a civil rights investigation into Nichols' death alongside the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launching its own separate investigation.
Classified files have been found at ex-US Vice-President Mike Pence's home in the latest discovery of secret papers at the homes of officials who have served in the top ranks of government.
The documents, discovered by a lawyer last week for Mr Pence at his Indiana home, have been handed over to the FBI.
Investigators are already looking into President Joe Biden and ex-President Donald Trump's possession of files.
Mr Trump faces a criminal investigation for allegedly mishandling papers.
Representatives for Mr Pence sent a letter to the National Archives alerting them to the documents.
The FBI came to the former vice-president's home to collect the documents, bypassing "standard procedures" and requesting "direct possession" of them, lawyers added in a separate letter.
Under the Presidential Records Act, White House records are supposed to go to the National Archives once an administration ends. Regulations require such files to be stored securely.
A "small number of documents bearing classified markings" were "inadvertently boxed and transported" to Mr Pence's home at the end of Mr Trump's presidency, his lawyer wrote in a letter shared with US media.
The latest development emerged after Mr Pence sought legal help from specialists in handling classified documents "out of an abundance of caution".
He asked for help "after it became public that documents with classified markings were found in President Joe Biden's Wilmington residence", the letter read.
Lawyers found "a small number of documents that could potentially contain sensitive or classified information", which were locked by the former vice-president in a safe.
After the letter became public, Mr Trump came to Mr Pence's defence, taking to his Truth Social social media platform to say that he is "an innocent man".
"He never did anything knowingly dishonest in his life," Mr Trump wrote. "Leave him alone!!!"
Mr Pence had repeatedly said over the last months that he did not believe he was in possession of classified documents.
Earlier this month, he told the BBC's US partner CBS that he was confident reviews of documents in his home were done "in a thorough and careful way".
Mr Biden previously said he had "no regrets" over not going public before the midterm elections with the news that classified documents had been discovered in his private office.
Six more classified files were found during a 13-hour search of President Biden's home in Delaware on Friday, his lawyer Bob Bauer said in a statement on Saturday.
The documents unearthed so far are believed to be related to Mr Biden's eight-year tenure as vice-president under former President Barack Obama.
Mr Biden offered access "to his home to allow DoJ [the Department of Justice] to conduct a search of the entire premises for potential vice-presidential records and potential classified material", Mr Bauer added.
Earlier this month, Mr Biden's lawyers said a first batch of classified documents had been found on 2 November at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank that the president founded in Washington DC.
A second batch of records was found on 20 December in the garage at his Wilmington home, while another document was found in a storage space at the house on 12 January, his lawyers said.
The discoveries at the homes of Mr Pence and Mr Biden come as Mr Trump faces a special counsel inquiry over his alleged mishandling of documents.
Hundred of classified records were found at Mr Trump's Florida Mar-a-Lago residence - Mr Trump and his lawyers resisted handing over the documents until the FBI raided the Florida holiday home last August.
He denied any wrongdoing, alleging that President Biden was being treated more favourably by the FBI.
Investigators were on Tuesday questioning a man accused of killing seven people in an agricultural region in northern California, the state’s third deadly mass shooting in little more than a week.
Police say 67-year-old Chunli Zhao shot dead four and wounded one more on Monday afternoon in “a workplace violence incident” at a mushroom farm in Half Moon Bay, a coastal community 30 miles south of San Francisco.
He then moved on to a trucking firm about five miles away and killed three more, officials said. He was taken into custody without incident after being spotted sitting in a car by a deputy in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation.
It was the second mass shooting in California in three days, after 11 people were killed at a lunar new year event at a Monterey Park dance hall on Saturday, and six more, including a teenage mother and her baby, died in a “horrific massacre” last week in the small town of Goshen.
“Right now we’re reaching out to the community with mental health services and trying to help the families as best we can, and trying to make sense of what is an absolutely senseless act,” Dave Pine, chair of the San Mateo county board of supervisors, told NPR’s Morning Edition on Tuesday.
Detectives are piecing together a motive for the Half Moon Bay shooting, which Christina Corpus, San Mateo’s first Latina sheriff, said on Tuesday was not a random attack.
“He had an opportunity, I really do believe, to hurt other people, but he has targeted individuals that he went after and pursued,” she told CNN.
Corpus told a Monday night press conference that the suspect was a mushroom farm worker who acted alone, and there was no further threat to the community.
But she said the shooter opened fire on workers at the farm with no regard for who was nearby.
“It was in the afternoon when kids were out of school. For kids to witness this, it’s unspeakable,” she said.
Video of the suspect’s arrest showed three officers approaching a parked car in the sheriff’s substation parking lot at a strip mall with their guns drawn. The man was pulled to the ground after emerging from the vehicle, placed in handcuffs and led away.
FBI agents are assisting the investigation, the agency said in a tweet, and trying to determine how the gunman acquired the weapon. Corpus said he used a semi-automatic gun that was recovered from his vehicle, and told CNN on Tuesday that the weapon was legally owned and registered to the suspect.
Joe Biden expressed his sympathy in a statement on Tuesday morning from the White House, calling again on Congress to reinstate a nationwide ban on assault weapons.
“For the second time in recent days, California communities are mourning the loss of loved ones in a senseless act of gun violence,” the president said.
Pine, the San Mateo supervisor, spoke emotionally at the Monday press briefing as he blamed the tragedies on the surfeit of guns in the US, 120 for every 100 residents. In a survey released last year, one-third of Americans admitted to legally owning a gun, and six million Americans said they carried a loaded handgun daily.
“We simply have too many guns in this nation. We have more guns than people,” he told NPR.
Half Moon Bay is a small coastal city with agricultural roots now home to about 12,000 people. The city and surrounding San Mateo county area are known for producing flowers as well as vegetables. The county allows cannabis farming in certain areas.
State senator Josh Becker, who represents much of San Mateo county, called the area “a very close-knit” agricultural community. “We’re still trying to understand exactly what happened and why, but it’s just incredibly, incredibly tragic,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
At least seven people were killed and one person seriously injured after a gunman opened fire at two separate sites in Northern California on Monday, authorities said, in the latest mass shooting to hit the state in a matter of days.
The shootings unfolded at agricultural businesses on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a coastal city of roughly 11,000, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.
The wounded victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, she said.
The suspected shooter, identified by authorities as Chunli Zhao, 67, was arrested within hours, with video captured by NBC Bay Area showing him surrendering to authorities at a sheriff's substation.
Zhao, a resident of Half Moon Bay, is believed to have been a worker at at least one of the locations targeted, Corpus said. "We know that he acted alone at this time," she said.
A motive in the mass shooting remained unclear, Corpus said.
The victims have yet to be identified. Speaking on NBC News Now, Half Moon Bay Mayor Deborah Penrose said the victims were all agricultural workers.
People live at one or both of the locations, and Corpus said children had been present when the gunfire erupted.
"It was in the afternoon when kids were out of school," she said. "For kids to witness this — it's unspeakable."
Penrose said it was "horrific" that children "were witnesses" of the shooting, adding that she was left "in shock" by the incident.
Deputies were dispatched to the first location at 2:22 p.m. after a report of a shooting, Corpus said. They found four people dead at the business and one person with critical injuries, she said.
Shortly after, authorities found three more fatally wounded victims at the second location, she said.
Roughly two hours after the first shooting, a deputy located Zhao's SUV at the substation and he was taken into custody, Corpus said.
It wasn't clear how long Zhao had been there or why he was there, she said.
The FBI's San Francisco office said in a tweet that it was assisting in the investigation.
The shooting comes two days after a mass shooting in Southern California killed 11 people who had gathered at a Los Angeles County dance hall for Lunar New Year celebrations.
Investigators in that case believe the suspected gunman may have been targeting his ex-wife.
"For the second time in recent days, California communities are mourning the loss of loved ones in a senseless act of gun violence," President Joe Biden said in a statement Tuesday. He said he and first lady Jill Biden were "praying for those killed and injured in the latest tragic shooting in Half Moon Bay."
Biden said he had directed his administration to ensure local authorities "and the broader Half Moon Bay community have the full support of the federal government in the wake of this heinous attack."
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he had been at the hospital "meeting with victims of a mass shooting" when he was "pulled away to be briefed about another shooting."
"Tragedy upon tragedy," he said.
Tim Stelloh is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.