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Police Analyzing YouTube Video Of Suspected Gunman After Shooting Spree Near UC Santa Barbara Left Seven Dead

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police analyzing youtube video of suspected gunman after shooting spree near uc santa barbara left seven dead

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A gunman shot and killed six people and left seven others injured on Friday night in Isla Vista, California, a college town around the UC Santa Barbara school area before the gunman died from a headshot wound.

It is unknown at this point whether the gunman died from a self inflicted gun shot wound, or was killed by the police.

The shooting spree was carried out from the gunman's vehicle in several locations around the UCSB campus, and police do believe that it was a premeditated massacre.

Here's what Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said during a televised news conference:

"This incident appears to be a mass murder situation. We currently have seven people confirmed dead. That includes the suspect and six victims."

Authorities did not immediately identify the suspect, but Bill Brown did confirm that one YouTube video posted on Friday is thought to have been posted by the suspect. That video features a 22-year-old man by the name of Elliot Rodger ranting about still being a virgin, how he's always rejected by women, and then speaks of the revenge he plans on taking. In the video, titled Elliot Rodger's Retribution, he said:

“I’m 22 years old and I'm still a virgin. I've never even kissed a girl. College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. But in those years I've had to rot in loneliness. It's not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me. I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it. I'm going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde s**t that I see inside there. All those girls that I've desired so much, they would've all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male…I will be a god compared to you. You will all be animals. You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species…Yes, 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."

It is believed that Elliot Rodger is the son of the first Hunger Games' movie's second unit director Peter Rodger. The father's attorney later confirmed that Elliot Rodger was "involved".

A single semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene of the crime, and authorities are saying the shootings were carried out by only one individual - Elliot Rodger - and none else is believed to be a suspect at this time.

Police are still investigating nine separate crime scenes as they try to determine exactly what happened as the suspect's black BMW sedan careened through the streets, firing bullets at people and other targets, and possibly hitting people with his vehicle, as well.

One student at California State later posted about a student from the Delta Delta Delta sorority and said:

"Katie Cooper, you were a true gem with so much potential. Your love and kindness will always be remembered. I'll never forget the times we've shared and all the lives I've seen you touch. There's so much I left unsaid between us, and I'm sorry… I've never been more sorry. May your soul rest In peace Katie."

Another member of this sorority is believed to have also been shot by Elliot Rodger.

This is such a tragic event, and our hearts go out to all of the victims' families.

We also are sending our thoughts and prayers to the injured victims and wish them a speedy recovery.

Check out a video of the press conference with Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, and also take a look at the chilling and extremely disturbing video of the suspected gunman's YouTube video (below).

[Image via AP Images.]

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15 comments to “Police Analyzing YouTube Video Of Suspected Gunman After Shooting Spree Near UC Santa Barbara Left Seven Dead”

  1. Anna says – reply to this


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    As a UCSB student I can't tell you how heartbreaking this is. IV was my home for 4 years and I felt totally safe. I wish the media would focus on the victims and not the disturbed shooter, who was NOT a UCSB student. I know UCSB and UCSB students will pull together and heal. I'm keeping UCSB, UCSB students, and IV residents in my thoughts and prayers

  2. heather says – reply to this


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    I'm also a UCSB alum and it was a great place to go to college. This kid was a student at city college, which is also a great school, especially for theatre tech and is in the next city over, on the Mesa, not in isla vista. I'm sure a disturbed person like this felt even more left out because he went to the smaller school and lived in a town dominated by the 30k students who attend UCSB. What's weird about his video is that he talks about being rejected, but says things like "if" I had made an advance, like he never even tried, just walked around consumed by his mental problems.

  3. Heather says – reply to this


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    Also, isla vista is not "known for excessive partying". It's more like a few big parties each year (Halloween, for example), get way out of control because thousands of people come up from LA and surrounding cities.

  4. Louise says – reply to this


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    This is very sad, what I don't understand is how this video hasn't been taken down, it's horrid. I watched obviously and thought this guy is putting on this fake laugh he has to be..it's sickening if it is him. He obviously had mental health issues and sounded psychotic in this video. I was a virgin until I was 25 and it's not the be all and end all but it sounded to me like he was putting all the blame on the women and not looking at himself.

  5. Katherine says – reply to this


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    Please consider taking down the shooter's video to avoid focusing unneeded attention on his message.

  6. shaygirl says – reply to this


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    at least liberals can't blame the tea party, republicans, nra on this one. of course they don't want to talk about the "Hollywood kid shooter"

  7. Anna says – reply to this


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    Re: Katherine
    Agreed

  8. Ryan says – reply to this


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    This is the result of modern parenting where everything revolves around the child. Listen to the unbelievable sense of entitlement. Children are becoming adults and can't handle it after a childhood full of pleasure and leisure.



  9. 9

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  10. 10

    I saw the video of the alleged shooter and it made me cry. It's so upsetting. I don't even know how to describe him.

  11. Teresa says – reply to this


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    This is such a sad situation for all those involved. I just know the father of this kid is going to get sued for sure. They'll most likely accuse him of being neglectful or not taking the appropriate actions to prevent his son of doing something like this. The truth is though that his son had issues that went farther than some therapy and medication. He wanted attention from females, he wanted to be part of something with both sexes, and that's something that money can't buy. I just wish this kid wouldn't have done something like this. I think it's terrible that he was pushed away but to act like this is not okay.

  12. WTF says – reply to this


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    Re: Teresa – The father should be accountable! It reminds of the the shooter that shot the 20 kindergartners. Everyone knew he was troubled and his mother chose to buy him guns, and his mother had a house filled with guns. Bottom line, either your a parent that invests time raising a decent human being, or you're neglectful and allow your child to kill those children that were raised properly. No one wants to take accountability. The day people are sued for raising mass murderers is the day parents wake up and become more present. I hate that my sensitive, sweet and caring kids are growing up in a world filled with evil.

  13. teeter totter says – reply to this


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    So sad. He was not a bad looking guy either, not sure why he could not get dates unless maybe he came on too strong.

  14. Teresa says – reply to this


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    Re: WTF – Accountable for what? Clearly he tried getting his son help. His son suffered from Aspergers syndrome and was given medication plus therapy. My point is that this kid clearly had issues past the typical prescription pills and seeing your therapist once a week. It's not the father's fault that his son lost it. You're comparing two completely different issues. In that scenario the mother was being completely neglectful. She knew what her son was capable of and still gave him firearms as if he was a mentally healthy human being. Sorry but that was a poor example to prove your point.

  15. right says – reply to this


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    ok clearly this guy had mental issues but to put the blame entirely on his father is just not right…he was 22 i.e an adult and that could only mean that if all the therapy he went through didn't help then it means nothing else cld be done 4 him…he was completely nuts and beyond…..