7 killed, including suspected gunman, in deadly rampage near UC Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. - A 22-year-old Woodland Hills man suspected of killing six people near the UC Santa Barbara campus had posted a "chilling" video on the Internet in which he described a plan to kill female college students because he was lonely and spurned.

"On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blonde (student) I see in there," the suspect, Elliot Rodger, said in the video titled "Elliot Rodger's Retribution" that was posted just hours before the rampage.

"After I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I'll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there," he announced calmly while sitting in the driver's seat of a car.

At a news conference Saturday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown identified Rodger as the man who fatally stabbed three males in an Isla Vista apartment Friday night before going on a six-minute shooting spree during which he killed three other people.

Rodger, a student at Santa Barbara City College, was found dead in his car on an Isla Vista street.

"It would appear as though he took his own life," Brown said.

Two of his alleged victims -- Veronika Weiss, 19, of Westlake Village, and Katie Cooper -- were shot dead outside the Alpha Phi sorority house, Brown said.

A third victim, Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, of San Luis Obispo, was killed at a nearby deli.

Brown said 13 people were injured, eight of them by gunfire and four from being hit by Rodger's car. One person sustained an unknown minor injury.

According to the sheriff, Rodger was armed with three 9 mm handguns. Two were Sig Sauer P226s and one was a Glock 34. All of the weapons were legally purchased from federally-licensed firearm dealers. One was purchased in Goleta, one in Oxnard and one in Burbank. All were registered to the suspect.

Brown said the suspect also had 34 loaded 10-round magazines for the Sig Sauer pistols and seven 10-round magazines for the Glock pistol.

He said his agency has had three previous contacts with Rodger. The first occurred in July of 2013 when Rodger was contacted at the hospital where he was being treated for injuries and claimed to have been a victim of an assault. The case was suspended pending any additional leads.

The next occurred in January 2014, when Rodger accused one of his roommates of stealing three candles that were valued at $22. Brown said Rodger made a citizens' arrest on a charge of petty theft. The roommate was booked into jail, cited and released. A petty theft charge was filed by the district attorney in that case.

The third occurred in April of 2014 when deputies checked on Rodger after being called by a concerned family member. The deputies left after determining he did not need to be locked up for mental-health reasons.

Rodger detailed in a manifesto how the deputies almost thwarted his killing plan. He wrote in the 141-page rambling document how he narrowly missed being found out when deputies knocked on his door last month and expressed relief that his apartment wasn't searched because deputies would have found his weapons and his writings and would have foiled his plan.

Brown says he won't second-guess his deputies' decision-making in the encounter. Rodger carried out part of his plan before he was killed.

Brown described the "Retribution" video as "chilling" and said the crimes had been committed by a "madman."

"Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day I will have my revenge against humanity," Rodger said on the tape, going on to lament his "existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires."

Rodger also wrote a blog in which he said, "Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience. As I've said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends.'

"I wish girls were attracted to me, I don't know why they aren't."

"It was very, very apparent that he was severely disturbed," Brown said.

Rodger said on his blog he was born in Britain and raised in Calabasas and Woodland Hills.

His father, Peter Rodger, has worked as an assistant director on the "Hunger Games" series of movies. Family attorney Alan Shifman told reporters that Elliott Rodger had been treated by several mental health professionals and family members had called authorities several weeks ago after being alarmed by YouTube videos he had posted.

 

 


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