Another shooting in Northern California kills 7… Additional convictions for participants in the capitol invasion

It’s ‘American Now’ time to deliver vivid American news.

Host) What news do you have today?

Reporter) Seven people have been killed in two shootings in a farm area in Northern California, USA. Police have arrested the suspect and are investigating the motive for the crime. During the capitol invasion in 2021, a man who trespassed into the office of the House Speaker at the time of Nancy Pelosi and took a picture with his feet on his desk was found guilty. Next, we would like to inform you that the final nominees for the 95th Academy Awards, which will be held in March, have been announced.

Host) America Now, this is the first news. Has another shooting occurred in Western California?

Reporter) Yes. Seven people were killed and one injured in two shootings on the 23rd in a farm region in Northern California. On the night of the 21st, a shooting occurred in Monterey Park, California, ahead of the Lunar New Year, killing 11 people, followed by another shooting victim in a few days.

Host) Shall we find out where and how this shooting took place?

Reporter) Yes, according to the local investigative authorities, the shooting occurred around 2:30 pm on the 23rd. The first shooting occurred on a farm outside Half Moon Bay, about 50 kilometers south of San Francisco. Four people were killed and one injured at the scene. Local authorities said that three people were also found dead at another crime scene about 3 km away.

Moderator) Is the shooter the same person?

Reporter) Yes. Sheriff Christina Corpus said at a press conference on the 23rd that the suspect was identified as Chunli Zhao, a 67-year-old man who worked in one of the two locations where the shooting occurred. The suspect, Mr. Zhao, was found and arrested in the parking lot of the Half Moon Bay Sheriff Police Station about two hours after the crime. Investigative authorities said that Mr. Zhao had driven himself to the district. In the video of Mr. Zhao’s arrest, he is subdued by the police without much resistance. A semi-automatic pistol believed to have been used in the crime was found in Zhao’s car.

Moderator) Has it been revealed why Mr. Zhao did this?

Reporter) Corpus Sheriff said on the 23rd that Mr. Zhao is cooperating with investigators, but the motive for the crime is not yet known. However, the sheriff’s office sees it as Mr. Zhao’s sole crime. State Senator Josh Becker, who represents the area where the shooting took place, described the area as a “very close-knit” farming community. He said he is “still trying to figure out exactly what happened and why” and that the shooting was “unbelievably tragic.”

Host) Who were the victims of the shooting?

Reporter) Local authorities said that among the victims were Chinese and Latin American farm workers. Corpus Sheriff said some of the workers live with their families, so children were also present at the time of the shooting.

Host) What area did the shooting take place?

Reporter) Half Moon Bay, where the incident occurred, is a small agricultural town with a population of about 12,000 and is famous for growing various vegetables and flowers. The majority of the population is white. Asians make up about 5% of the population. Not only the shooting victims, but also the shooter, Mr. Zhao, is of Asian descent.

Moderator) By the way, wasn’t there a mass shooting in the Asian immigrant community in California just a few days ago?

Reporter) That’s right. On the night of the 21st, just before the Lunar New Year, an indiscriminate shooting occurred in Monterey Park, a small city in Los Angeles (LA) County. Hu Can Tran, a Chinese immigrant, opened fire at a dance school called ‘Star Dance Studio’ where middle-aged Chinese were practicing dance. At least 11 people were killed in the incident and a suspect was also found dead after the incident.

Moderator) How is the local reaction in California?

Reporter) It is a state of anxiety and shock at the consecutive shootings. California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted on the 23rd, “While meeting victims of the Monterey Park shooting that occurred on the 21st at the hospital, I received a report of another shooting in Half Moon Bay.” and grieved.

Host) Has the motive for the Monterey Park shootings been revealed?

reporter) has not yet been identified. While local authorities are investigating the motive for the crime, Mr. Tran’s past has been revealed through the media. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Tran came to the Hemet City Police Department where he lives twice this month and claimed that his family suffered fraud, theft, and poisoning by his family in the LA area 10 to 20 years ago. Reuters reported that Tran was convicted of possession of an illegal weapon in 1990. CNN also quoted his ex-wife as saying that Tran was hot-tempered but not violent.

Moderator) Who are the victims of the Tran shooting?

Reporter) According to local authorities, most of them were identified as elderly people in their 60s and 70s, except for one. The shooting suspect, Tran, is also a 72-year-old man. It is considered unusual for a person over 70 to commit such a massacre. According to statistics jointly compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University, Tran is the second person to have been killed in a mass shooting that has killed four or more people since the past 20 years. He is an older person.

Moderator) It’s been less than a month since the new year 2023 has been bright, but the news of the shooting has not stopped.

Reporter) That’s right. If you look at the joint tally of ‘AP’, ‘USA Today’, and ‘Northeastern University’, a total of 6 large-scale shootings occurred in less than 3 weeks in the new year, and 39 people lost their lives. Specifically, since January 16th, there have been three shootings in California alone.

On January 6, 2021, Richard Barnett, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, broke into the US Capitol and entered the office of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, putting her foot on Pelosi’s desk.

Host) American Now, next news. Are there any other people who are being prosecuted regarding the intrusion into the Capitol that occurred on January 6, 2021?

Reporter) Yes. Richard Barnett, from Arkansas, who participated in the Capitol invasion, was found guilty on the 23rd. A Washington, DC federal court jury found Mr. Barnett guilty on all eight charges.

Moderator) Is Mr. Barnett a famous figure related to the capitol invasion?

Reporter) Yes. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol to disrupt the process by which Congress certifies President Joe Biden’s election. In the meantime, Mr. Barnett, a man in his 60s, broke into the office of then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He even sat at his office desk and put his feet on his desk. A photo of the scene went viral and caused a lot of controversy. In addition, Mr. Barnett revealed that he left a note containing profanity on Chairman Pelosi’s desk.

Host) What are the charges against Mr. Barnett specifically?

Reporter) First of all, charges of interfering with the presidential election certification process were applied. If the judge finds you guilty of this charge, you could face up to 20 years in prison. In addition, a total of eight charges were applied, including charges of using a hiking cane called ‘Hike and Strike’, which can be a dangerous weapon, inside the Capitol and stealing an envelope from former Speaker Pelosi’s desk.

Host) What did Mr. Barnett reveal about his allegations?

Reporter) Mr. Barnett protested that he was pushed into the Capitol by a mob and stumbled into Speaker Pelosi’s office while wandering around looking for a bathroom. He also claimed that he took the envelope because he had blood on it and saw it to be a ‘biohazard’. Mr. Barnett said he was angered by police behavior outside the Capitol and disoriented after they stormed inside, saying he had made a momentary intemperate comment.

On the contrary, what argument did the prosecution make?

Reporter) Prosecutors said Mr. Barnett left Pelosi’s office, lashed out at congressional officers inside the Capitol, instructed the crowd to retrieve the American flag he had left behind in Pelosi’s office, and appeared to have a dangerous weapon. It was pointed out that having a was also a threatening behavior.

Moderator) In the end, the jury accepted the prosecution’s argument. How did Mr. Barnett react when he was found guilty?

Reporter Barnett met with reporters outside the courthouse and said he would appeal. He claims that he didn’t get a fair trial because he was a liberal and tried by a jury in Washington, DC. “I think the venue should change,” he said, revealing that he “disagreeed with the jury’s decision.”

Moderator) When is the sentencing hearing for Mr. Barnett held?

Reporter) It is scheduled for May 3rd. Prosecutors asked federal judge Christopher Cooper, who presided over the case, to keep Barnett in prison pending a final sentence. However, Judge Cooper directed that he remain in home custody pending sentencing.

Moderator) It has been two years since the capitol intrusion occurred. Are the related trials still going on?

Reporter) Yes. On the 23rd, another trial was held other than the trial against Mr. Barnet. Four members of the far-right group ‘Oath Keepers’ who participated in the Capitol invasion were also found guilty that day. In today’s trial, held on a different floor of the same courthouse, a jury returned a verdict of guilty on charges of “seditious conspiracy” against the four far-rightists. In November of last year, a jury also found Oskeppers founder Stuart Rose and the Florida branch manager guilty of seditious conspiracy charges. Five members of another far-right group, the Proud Boys, are also on trial for seditious conspiracy.

Malaysian national actor ‘Liang Zichong’. She was nominated for Best Actress at the 95th Academy Awards.

Host) America Now, this is the last news. Have the Academy Award nominees been announced this year?

Reporter) Yes, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the nominations for the 95th Oscars on the 24th. A total of 23 categories of finalists were announced.

Host) Before looking at the nominees, let’s talk about the Academy Awards for a moment.

Reporter) Yes, it is commonly referred to as the Oscars. It is not only the most prestigious film award in the United States, but also the most famous film award in the world. The Academy Awards are held each spring by the Academy Association for American and international films that were released in the previous year and screened for more than one week. This year, it will be held on March 12th.

Moderator) Among the candidate works announced this time, is there one that particularly drew attention?

Reporter) Yes. Among the Oscar nominations announced every year, which film has been nominated in the most categories is attracting great attention. At the 95th Academy Awards, the movie ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ starring Liang Zichong became the main character. The film was nominated in 11 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. In particular, Malaysian national actor ‘Liang Zichong’ became the first Asian to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for this film. Zichong Liang is widely known in Korea as Yang Yang-kyung and in Western countries as Michelle Yeo.

Host) Can you briefly introduce what kind of movie this movie is?

Reporter) Yes, this movie is a science fiction, action, and comedy film set in a ‘multiverse’, that is, a parallel universe. The story of an old woman who struggles to protect her family is drawn with the ingenious imagination of a parallel universe.

Host) It seems that these ‘parallel universes’ or ‘multiverses’ are appearing frequently in Hollywood movies these days?

Reporter) That’s right. The basic concept of a parallel universe, or multiverse, is this. The world we live in right now is not the only one, there are countless other worlds in other dimensions. And the notion that there is another ‘me’ in each world. The movie Spider-Man is a prime example. Spider-Man has a new actor taking on the role of Spider-Man in each series. However, in the most recent series, ‘No Way Home,’ all the actors who have appeared as Spider-Man have been mobilized. It drew great response from audiences around the world as it unfolded with the idea of ​​a ‘multiverse’ in which Spider-Man, who had been active in different worlds, gathered in one world.

Host) What films were nominated for ‘Best Picture’, the highest award at the Academy Awards?

Reporter) In addition to everything I just mentioned, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ starring Hollywood star actor ‘Tom Cruise’, ‘Avatar: Water Road’, the follow-up to ‘Avatar’, the world’s No. 10 works including ‘No’ were nominated.

Host) Previously, there was an evaluation that the Academy Awards ceremony held last year was a historic ceremony, right?

Reporter) That’s right. It’s an evaluation related to ‘Best Picture’. A work called ‘CODA’, which deals with the story of hearing-impaired parents and their non-disabled daughter, won the Best Picture Award. It was a released movie. As the first streaming-based film won the Best Picture Award at the Oscars, it was evaluated as historic.

Host) Have Korean films ever won Best Picture?

Reporter) Yes. It is ‘Parasite’, directed by Bong Joon-ho. This film was nominated for six categories for the first time in a Korean film at the 92nd awards ceremony in 2020, among which it won four awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and International Film.

Host) Didn’t a Korean movie get nominated this time?

Reporter) Korean films were not included in the final nominations for this awards ceremony. Director Park Chan-wook’s latest film, ‘Decision to Break Up’, which won numerous awards at international film festivals such as the film ‘Oldboy’, was listed on the 15 shortlist list in the international film category, which was released last December. The selection of final candidates was unsuccessful.

Host) America Now, I will listen to this far for today.

The article is in Korean

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