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A farm worker is set to appear in court to face seven charges of murder after a mass shooting in the US. Chunli Zhao, 66, is accused of shooting dead five men and two women in what police have described as a “workplace violence incident”.

Four people were found dead and one wounded at a mushroom farm on Monday. Three others were later found dead at a separate location two miles away.

The chilling events unfolded in Half Moon Bay, a coastal city in Northern California.

Zhao, who is being held without bail, is due in court for arraignment at 1.30pm PT (9.30pm GMT) today.

He is also facing one count of attempted murder.