Authorities report that a gunman and six others were killed, with seven more injured, when a shooter opened fire in the college town of Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara on Friday night.
The names of the victims and the suspect have not been released, but Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown confirmed that written and video material left by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger of Calabasas is being reviewed as evidence in the massacre and appears to be connected.
In an extremely disturbing YouTube video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” Rodger describes his planned assault and speaks about his life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires.” (The video is still available for now, but will almost certainly be taken down.)
The gunfire started just before 9:30 PM, at which point the gunman began to shoot victims while inside his black BMW. Sheriff Brown reported in a news conference this morning that the shootings occurred in several sites, resulting in nine crime scenes. The suspect exchanged gunfire with responding deputies until he eventually crashed into a parked vehicle.
Brown confirmed that the suspected gunman died of a gunshot wound to the head, though it was not immediately clear if he was killed by deputy gunfire or if he committed suicide.
A student told KEYT-TV that she was approached by the driver of the black BMW who flashed a small black handgun and asked “Hey, what’s up?” She thought it was an airsoft gun and kept walking, quickly realizing that it was not when she felt a bullet fly by her head. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered from the scene.