Son of ‘Hunger Games’ Director Confirmed As Santa Barbara Shooter, Shootings Start at a Home
ISLA VISTA, CA (CNN) – The sheriff of the town where a mass shooting resulted in the death of seven people confirmed the identity of the shooter Saturday night.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the man was 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a student of Santa Barbara City College who was a resident of Isla Vista, CA.
Elliot Rodger,22, appears to have “fatally stabbed” three males within his residence before embarking on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, Sheriff Bill Brown said.
From his black BMW, Rodger sprayed bullets at people near the University of California-Santa Barbara on Friday night.
Six victims were killed, and several more were wounded. It appeared Rodger turned the gun on himself after the shooting spree, Brown said.
In addition to the six victims and the dead suspect, 13 people “were injured during this melee,” Brown said. Eight of those suffered gunshot wounds, four were hit “by the suspect’s vehicle” and one has a “minor injury of unknown origin.”
“You don’t think that it will happen to your child until it does,” said Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims. “Chris was a really great kid. Ask anyone who knew him.”
The shooter is the son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger. Through an attorney, Rodger earlier stated his belief that his son was the shooter.
Brown called the attack a “premeditated mass murder.” He said there were 12 different crime scenes, including the shooter’s apartment, where he stabbed three males to death.
Police obtained three guns in their investigation, all purchased legally.
The suspect “had over 400 remaining rounds of ammunition” when he was found “obviously dead” in his crashed car. Brown said that more people could have been killed if not for the actions of law enforcement.
While searching for a motive, investigators looked into a social media post from Rodger that appeared to be a manifesto.
“It’s very apparent that he was severely mentally disturbed when you review that document,” Brown said.
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