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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