Suspect used legally purchased guns in deadly rampage near UC Santa Barbara

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - The three 9 mm semiautomatic guns recovered from the vehicle of the 22-year-old Woodland Hills man, who is suspected of killing six people during a deadly Friday night rampage near UC Santa Barbara, were all legally purchased and registered, according to authorities.

Elliott Oliver Robertson Rodger bought two of the guns from legal gun shops in the Los Angeles area -- one in Burbank, the other in Oxnard. The third was purchased from a shop in Goleta, about 10 miles south of the UC Santa Barbara campus, Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said during a Saturday news conference.

The guns, along with more than 400 rounds of ammunition, were recovered after sheriff's deputies found Rodger slumped over the wheel his black BMW, which was wrecked as the six-minute shooting spree ended. One was a Glock 34 long slide, the other two were Sig Sauers, Brown said.

However, Rodger's first three victims, said to have been his roommates, were stabbed repeatedly. Of the 13 reported injured, four were rammed by Rodger's car as he drove through Isla Vista shooting randomly from his car
window.

One of the people killed was Veronika Weiss, 19, of Westlake Village who was standing outside the Alpha Phi sorority house, with her sorority sister Katie Cooper of Chino Hills, who was also gunned down.

A third victim has been identified as Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, of San Luis Obispo, who was shot and killed at a nearby deli.

Rodger outlined his plans to kill female college students in a series of "chilling" postings on social media including a video uploaded the day before and a 100,000-word manifesto titled "My Twisted World," which was
forwarded to Santa Barbara television station KEYT-TV.

Each made repeated references to his feelings of loneliness, anger at being spurned and still a virgin and detailed his hatred of women.

"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," Rodger, said in one 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 explained as he sat in the driver's seat of his car.

Rodger also maintained a blog where he posted recently that "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."

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

The manifesto further outlined what he called his "War on Women. I will punish all females for the crime of depriving me of sex," he wrote. "They have starved me of sex for my entire youth, and gave that pleasure to other
men."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, said Rodger also posted frequently on the PuaHate website, which criticizes "pickup artists" who are successful with women, and made disparaging remarks about interracial couples.

"How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me?" he wrote in his manifesto. "I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He (black men) is descended
from slaves. I deserve it more."

His father, Peter Rodger, is a British-born photographer and filmmaker who was an assistant director on the "Hunger Games" movies. His mother, whose name has not be released, is said to be Asian.

Family attorney Alan Shifman told reporters Saturday that 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 posted.

During his Saturday news conference, Brown, who described the crimes as the work of a "madman" said Rodger was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head.

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

The sheriff said Rodger was a student at Santa Barbara City College, which officials confirmed in a statement posted on the campus website Saturday night.

"According to our information, Rodger had registered at SBCC at various times during the last three years, but had either stopped attending or withdrew from all courses.

"Before that, in 2011, he completed three courses. The college has not located any record of discipline or other issues."

According to his manifesto, Rodger attended public and private schools in the San Fernando Valley, including Topanga Elementary, Pinecrest Schools, Crespi Carmelite High, Taft High and Independence Continuation High. He also took classes at Pierce College.

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