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Police Identify Elliot Rodger In Isla Vista Killings: 12 Crime Scenes, 7 Fatalities

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Isla Vista, CA - From Hal Eisner:

Isla Vista's Makeshift Memorials and Emotions

All over Isla Vista and Goleta there are makeshift memorials remembering those killed in Friday night’s rampage. Little strips of candles, cards and flowers marking where Elliot Rodger’s victims died.

At the one in front of Rodger’s apartment complex Autumn LaTour remembers how her sister Lauren was almost in the wrong place at the wrong time. “She was walking on the street that he was shooting at two minutes before he started shooting.” Lauren has an uncomfortable look as her sister shares the story. The twins both go to UCSB. Their mom, Diane Miceli, came up from LA because the girls were distraught. Miceli taught Rodger at an LA continuing education school because, according to her, “He was bullied, I believe, at his other schools. They bullied him. He had food thrown at him during lunchtime. So, this was kind of the last school on the block for him.”

I asked her if she saw Rodger’s YouTube videos and if the Elliot Rodger in those was the same kid she knew when she was teaching him. “No … no,” she said. “He never would have talked that much. I never knew he had that kind of vocabulary.” And, she says he never displayed anger toward women.




(FOX 11 / AP) - The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and randomly killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to slaughter all the people who wronged him.

As it turns out, he had also written a 141-page manifesto that lays out his grievances in painstaking detail, describing stories from his childhood onward that seemed to have laid the foundation for his anger towards women, “alpha males,” and society in general.

OTHER FOX 11 COVERAGE OF THIS STORY:

Cell Phone & Surveillance Video Reveal Horror of Isla Vista Shootings

Tearful Plea From Victim's Dad in Deadly Rampage

Students Witness Shooting Rampage in Isla Vista

Timeline: Shooting Suspect's Online Posts Reveal Anger at Women

Police Identify Elliot Rodger In Isla Vista Killings: 12 Crime Scenes, 7 Fatalities



UPDATE 11:23 PM: Shooting Suspect Feared Police would discover his plan weeks before rampage.

The 22-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing three of his housemates before carrying out a mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara late Friday feared that police would discover his murderous plan when they contacted him last month. 

Elliot Rodger, the son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger -- an assistant director on "The Hunger Games" films series -- was identified by police as the suspect in a press conference Saturday evening. The gunman killed three people in the shooting spree in the beachside community of Isla Vista and injured 13 others before he was found dead in his car of a gunshot wound to the head.  

The rampage occurred hours after authorities said Rodger warned in a YouTube video that he would kill all who had wronged him. 

Police went to Rodger's apartment April 30 to conduct a wellness check after being contacted by members of Rodger's family who were concerned about disturbing videos he had posted on YouTube. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said that deputies had reported back that Rodger was shy, polite and said the Santa Barbara community college student had been having a difficult social life.

In a 141-page manifesto that police discovered in Rodger's apartment Saturday, the suspect says that he told the police that the videos were a misunderstanding, but adds "If they had demanded to search my room ... That would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over."

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The 22-year-old lone gunman, Elliot Rodger - the son of a director who worked on the "The Hunger Games" - carried out his attacks Friday night in the beach community of Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara only hours after he looked straight into a video camera and warned in a chilling Internet video that he would slaughter all the people who wronged him, authorities said.

Deputies wounded him during two separate shootouts as he sped through Isla Vista, leaving a trail of bloodshed that ended with Rodger apparently shooting himself in the head before crashing his black BMW crashing into a parked car, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

Thirteen people were injured - eight from gunshot wounds, four from being hit by his car and one who suffered a minor injury whose exact cause was not clear yet, Brown said.

Deputies found three semi-automatic handguns with 400 unspent rounds in his black BMW. All were purchased legally.

Authorities had had three contacts with Rodgers in the past year, including one case in which he claimed to be beaten but deputies suspected he was the aggressor. On April 30, officials went to his Isla Vista apartment again to check on him at the request of his family. But deputies reported back that he was shy, polite and said the Santa Barbara community college student had been having a difficult social life, Brown said.

Attorney Alan Shifman said the Rodger family had called police after being alarmed by YouTube videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people" that Elliot Rodger had been posting.

Brown called the tragedy "the work of a madman" and said the videotape posted by Rodger the night of the killings is a "particularly chilling one, in which he looks at the camera and talks about what he is about to do."

In the YouTube video, Rodger sits in a car and looks at the camera, laughing often, and says he is going to take his revenge against humanity. He describes loneliness and frustration because "girls have never been attracted to me," and says, at age 22, he is still a virgin. The video, which is almost seven minutes long, appears scripted.

"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," he says on the video.

Police described how he spent 10 minutes traveling from one location to another and opened fire on random people after leaving a gruesome scene at his apartment, where three men were stabbed to death.

Earlier Saturday, Shifman issued a statement saying Peter Rodger believed his son, Elliot Rodger, was the shooter. It was unclear how the son would have obtained a gun. The family is staunchly against guns, he added.

"The Rodger family offers their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy. We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain, and our hearts go out to everybody involved," Shifman said.

Richard Martinez said his son Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, was killed in the shooting. He blamed politicians and gun-rights proponents. "When will this insanity stop? ... Too many have died. We should say to ourselves 'not one more,'" he said.

A Westlake Village woman has been identified as one of the victims killed in Friday's shooting rampage near UC Santa Barbara.

Veronika Weiss, 19 and a graduate of Westlake High School, was one of six shot and killed, according to published reports. Seven others were wounded.

Police have not released any of the victims’ names, but Weiss’ friends expressed grief over her loss on social media.

“My heart goes out to the family of Veronika Weiss,” wrote Chad Scott on Twitter. “Veronika was a Westlake graduate killed in yesterday’s UCSB shooting. Rest in peace.”

Weiss was in her first year at the University. She was a member of the Westlake girls’ water polo team, according to published reports.

The shootings started around 9:30 p.m. in Isla Vista, a roughly half-square-mile community next to UC Santa Barbara's campus and picturesque beachside cliffs.

Alexander Mattera, 23, said his friend Chris Johnson was walking out of an improv comedy show when he was shot in front of a popular pizza place. He stumbled into a nearby house.

"He walked into these random guys' house bleeding," he said.

Mattera was sitting at a bonfire with friends when at least one gunshot whizzed overhead. The friends ran for cover when they heard the barrage of gunfire.

"We heard so many gunshots. It was unbelievable. I thought they were firecrackers," he said.

Isla Vista, which is centered on university life with outdoor cafes, bike shops, burger joints, sororities and fraternities, was shrouded in fog and unusually quiet Saturday.

Police tape crisscrossed Isla Vista streets, while blood was still visible on the asphalt. Bullet holes pierced windows of a parked car and the IV Deli Mart. A small shrine of flowers was growing outside the business, whose floors inside were stained with blood. For much of the day, the wrecked BMW driven by the shooter remained on the street, its windshield smashed in and its driver's door wide open.

UC Santa Barbara senior Kyley Scarlet said she heard the BMW smash to a halt outside a house she was in. Scarlet, who is a former sorority president, said two women from a sorority next door were killed on the lawn of Alpha Phi, where a pile of flowers grew on Saturday. The women who were killed were in the Delta, Delta, Delta sorority.

Crying students wandered up to the spot, shook their heads and hugged each other.

Scarlet said a third sorority member was wounded there as well.

Scarlet said she was very disturbed by the video describing his anger at sorority girls.

"It's hard thinking my actions, being part of a sorority, led him to do this," she said. "When I saw that video, I was shaking and crying."

In a statement, the university said it was "shocked and saddened" that several students were shot.

"This is almost the kind of event that's impossible to prevent and almost impossible to predict," UC President Janet Napolitano told reporters after giving the commencement speech at Laney College in Oakland, California.

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown offered his condolences to the victims' families, saying he was saddened to learn "of this senseless tragedy."

The Rodger family is not ready to speak publicly yet, but wants to cooperate fully with police, Shifman said.

"My client's mission in life will be to try to prevent any such tragedies from ever happening again," he said. "This country, this world, needs to address mental illness and the ramifications from not recognizing these illnesses."

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Weapons were legally purchased from federally licensed dealers and were all registered to the suspect.

Shifman added that police did not find a history of guns, but did say Rodger "didn't have a lot of friends," had trouble making friends and didn't have any girlfriends.

Shifman is the attorney for Peter Rodger, who was one of the assistant directors on "The Hunger Games."

Police said Rodger was driving a BMW near the university campus and went on a rampage that left seven people dead, including himself. Authorities described the tragedy as "obviously the work of a mad man."

Seven people remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds or other injuries, including one who has undergone surgery, following the shooting spree Friday night in the beachside community of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

The gunman got into two gun battles before crashing his black BMW into a parked car. Deputies found the lone suspect dead with a gunshot wound to the head, but it wasn't immediately clear whether he was killed by gunfire or if he committed suicide, Brown said.

A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Investigators know the gunman's name, but Brown said he couldn't release it pending notification of relatives.

Describing the atrocity as "premeditated mass murder," Brown said, authorities were analyzing a disturbing YouTube video posted that shows a young man describing plans to shoot women that appears to be connected to the attack.

In the video, posted Friday, Rodger sits in a black car and looks at the camera, laughing often, and says he is going to take his revenge against humanity. He describes loneliness and frustration because "girls have never been attracted to me," and says, at age 22, he is still a virgin. The video, which is almost seven minutes long, appears scripted. The identity of the person in the video could not be independently confirmed.The shootings started around 9:30 p.m. in Isla Vista, a roughly half-square mile community next to UC Santa Barbara's campus and picturesque beachside cliffs.

Alexander Mattera, 23, said his friend Chris Johnson, was walking out of an improv comedy show when he was shot in front of a popular pizza place. He stumbled into a nearby house.

"He walked into these random guys' house bleeding," he said.

Mattera was sitting at a bonfire with friends when at least one gunshot whizzed overhead. The friends ran for cover when they heard the barrage of gunfire.

"We heard so many gunshots. It was unbelievable. I thought they were firecrackers. There had to have been at least like two guns. There were a lot of shots," he said.

The shootings occurred at several sites, resulting in nine crime scenes, police said.

A visibly shaken student told the station she was approached by the driver of a black BMW who flashed a handgun and asked "Hey, what's up?" The student, who didn't provide her full name, said she thought he was carrying an airsoft gun and kept walking. She said seconds later, she felt something buzz by her head and quickly realized they were bullets.

Kathrin Schirazi Rad got a call from her 21-year-old son, Adrian Timothy Petersson, who told her in a shaky voice that he had been knocked off his skateboard by a BMW being chased by police about 9 p.m. Friday. He hurt his shoulder, but he went home after being checked by first responders to the scene.

"He was in shock," said Rad, who lives in Sweden. "He saw some plastic bags and said somebody must have died. He couldn't confirm anything. He was pretty shaken up. It was so many things happening at the same time."

The victims' identities were not immediately released.

In a statement, the University of California, Santa Barbara said it's "shocked and saddened" by the shootings. The university said several students were shot and taken to the hospital.

No deputies were injured or shot. Brown called it a "heartbreaking situation for a community next to a world-class university."

Isla Vista has a reputation for excessive partying. Last month, an annual spring bash spiraled into violence as young people clashed with police and tossed rocks and bottles. A university police officer and four deputies were injured and 130 people were arrested.

The community has experienced other tragedies in the past.

In 2001, the son of "Ally McBeal" TV director Daniel Attias ran down four pedestrians with his car on a crowded Isla Vista street. Witnesses testified that part-time college student David Attias got of the car and shouted: "I am the angel of death."

David Attias was ruled insane after he was convicted of second-degree murder and is locked up in a state mental hospital.

UCSB has announced that family and friends with queries about possible victims in Isla Vista may call (805) 893-3901. Counselors are available at (805) 893-4411.

From Sandra Endo:

An extra somber Memorial Day in Isla Vista. A weekend usually filled with parties and BBQs, is tainted with shock and sadness.

Make-shift memorials can be seen throughout the college town, quite a contrast to see sunflowers on a gloomy day in a devastated community.

The pops of gunfire still ring in the ears of students here who witnessed friday's massacre.

Many ducked for cover inside Pizza My Heart pizza parlor, as the moment of terror was all caught on surveillance video.

The mourning continues for the 6 innocent lives taken by shooter 22 year old Elliot Rodger. Others were injured in the rampage, some struck by his black BMW .

One witness said, "I saw him hit a bicyclist and the guy flew onto his windshield and was thrown four houses away."

The killing spree started at Rodger's apartment where he stabbed three of people to death, two of them his roommates. They've been identified as 20 year olds Weihan Wang, Chen Yuan Hong and 19 year old George Chen.

Students paid tribute to the lives lost in a prayer service sunday night, and candles and flowers mark the ten different locations of Rodger's drive by shooting spree.

Law enforcement continue to pour over all the evidence in this case but have cleared each crime scene remarkably fast. Possibly an indication of the community trying to gain some sort of normalcy and begin to heal.


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