Arrest made in Half Moon Bay housing complex shooting, 18-year-old charged with attempted murder

A shooting took place at the Moonridge Housing Community in Half Moon Bay on Saturday evening at approximately 7:09 p.m, according to a news release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO). Following the incident, a suspect has been arrested for attempted murder, as announced by the SMCSO on Sunday.

Authorities suspect that the shooting was an isolated incident, according to detectives.

Located at 2001 Miramontes Point Road, the affordable housing complex is renowned for providing a home to farmworker families in the county. MidPen Housing, the agency responsible for coordinating housing services for these families, has developed 80 units within the complex.

The authorities have identified the suspect as Orlando Montelongochavarin, an 18-year-old resident of San Mateo County. Following an extensive investigation, detectives from the SMCSO diligently worked through the night and subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Montelongochavarin on Sunday. Shortly after the warrant was issued, the detectives successfully located and apprehended Montelongochavarin, who cooperated without any resistance.

Around this time last year, a tragic mass shooting in Half Moon Bay claimed the lives of seven individuals. Interestingly, the recent shooting incident that took place on Saturday occurred just about seven miles away from the site of the mass shooting that occurred on January 23, 2023.

President Joe Biden took to social media on Sunday to express his condolences and pay tribute to the seven victims of the tragic mass shooting in Half Moon Bay. In a heartfelt post, Biden wrote, “Jill and I are keeping the families of the victims in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

If you have any information regarding Saturday night’s shooting, please get in touch with Detective E. Storch at 650-366-4057 or email [email protected]. You can also contact SMCSO anonymously at 1-800-547-2700.

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