Seven dead, seven injured in Santa Barbara rampage shooting

Police block off an area of the rampage shooting crime scene in Santa Barbara. Image: Santa Barbara Independent.


Police block off an area of the rampage shooting crime scene in Santa Barbara. Image: Santa Barbara Independent.

A series of drive-by shootings in the Isla Vista area near the University of California at Santa Barbara Friday night left seven people dead. The suspect, Elliot Rodger, was shot dead during the melee. He has been identified as the son of "Hunger Games" assistant director Peter Rodger, and is believed to have left a violent video in which he spoke of feeling alienated from and rejected by women, and wanting to seek revenge and punishment.

The video, "Elliot Rodger's retribution," has been taken down by YouTube. There are copies floating around. Do yourself a favor and do not watch it, your life will be better for it.

Still from a video attributed to the suspect in a rampage shooting in the Isla Vista area near Santa Barbara.


Still from a video attributed to the suspect in a rampage shooting in the Isla Vista area near Santa Barbara.

Identifying info on the YouTube video links it to a young man who said on his blog that he was a student in Santa Barbara.

“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,” the man says on the video, sitting in a car.

“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," the man in the video says.

"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."

The shooter was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Authorities are investigating the possibility that other weapons were used. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the suspect engaged in two gun battles with deputies before crashing his black BMW into a parked car. Deputies found him dead with a gunshot wound to the head, but it's not clear whether he killed himself or was shot to death by deputies.

From the Santa Barbara Independent:

The names of the victims and the suspect have not been released. Brown, however, confirmed that written and video material left by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger of Calabasas in the hours and days leading up to the shooting is being reviewed as evidence in the massacre. “It appears to be connected,” he said.

In a YouTube video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution” and posted the day before the shooting, Rodger — a Santa Barbara City College Student and Isla Vista resident, according to his social media accounts — laments his life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires.” He blames women for throwing themselves at “obnoxious brutes” but rejecting him, “the supreme gentlemen.”

In graphic and unsettling detail, he describes how he plans to launch an assault on the streets of Isla Vista the next day and become a God who “exacts my retribution on all those who deserve it.” (The video is posted below. Please be warned: it is extremely disturbing.) Photographs taken by The Santa Barbara Independent of the suspect’s crashed vehicle on Del Playa Drive show a license plate number that matches the one on the car featured on Rodger’s Facebook page.

That puahate.com forum is down now, but earlier contained dozens of posts consistent with the hateful, misogynist, narcissistic tone of the video. Accounts followed by the YouTube account from which the video was posted appeared to self-identify with PUA and/or Men's Rights themes. He also appeared to be active in bodybuilding and gun rights forums.

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  1. Shuck says:

    He blames women for throwing themselves at “obnoxious brutes” but rejecting him, “the supreme gentlemen.”

    Well, he certainly showed himself to be the ultimate "Nice Guy."

  2. Unfortunately, we have to go over this again:

    Turn the TV off for a while. It's the only way to stay sane.

  3. Apparently his rants were enough that a few posters on Reddit were getting alarmed days ago:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/cringe/comments/260fod/hes_magnificent_but_no_girl_will_ever_give_him_a/chmoeub

    crazydave333 124 points 4 days ago
    If this isn't a troll, then I bet we find out this guy is a serial killer. I'm getting a strong Patrick Bateman vibe from him.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/cringe/comments/260fod/hes_magnificent_but_no_girl_will_ever_give_him_a/chmjplc

    foyamoon 499 points 4 days ago
    If I was attendning his collage I would treat this guy nice, just incase he flips

  4. The sad fact is, saner gun control seems like a lost cause in the USA. After Newtown, more gun laws across the country were LOOSENED than tightened. The NRA and its army of stupid hicks are, unfortunately, firmly in control of the debate. I say all of this as a gun owner, btw -- one who definitely supports stronger gun control laws. Many non-US citizens also don't fully understand that gun ownership has basically been locked into our legal system, and any kind if outright bans would require a Constitutional amendment, which simply will not happen any time soon, if ever.

    It's too bad this guy sought out a murderous rampage, instead of therapy. I think therapy is way too stigmatized, and would probably offer more useful tools to people who are unhappy, lonely, etc. It's been extremely valuable for me, just to have someone who is not a family member, friend, or coworker who you can bounce stuff off of. I'm not saying it would have stopped this maniac, but in general therapy would be soooo good for the bulk of the population.

  5. You would be more convincing if you snipped the last paragraph off.

    Speaking as a Kentuckian, that kind of whining comes off sounding nothing like you think it does. Posturing like that doesn't just come across as childishly belligerent and faux-macho - around here one only hears it as the rhetoric of dilettante poseurs who reconstruct a cultural identity based on Larry the Cable Guy and Duck Dynasty - two entertainment conglomerates that turned frost-tipped 80's fops into images of redneck pride.

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