“A gunman went on a drive-by shooting rampage in a Santa Barbara student enclave and at least seven people were killed [and seven wounded], including the attacker,” foxnews.com reports. “Investigators believe a gunman driving a black BMW acted alone in the shootings late Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara . . . The shootings occurred at several sites in the town, resulting in nine crime scenes, including a deli where the glass window was shattered. Santa Barbara County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover told KEYT-TV the gunfire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Isla Vista neighborhood . . .
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said written and videotaped preliminary evidence indicates that this was a “premeditated mass murder” . . .
Brown said the suspect exchanged gunfire with deputies and then drove off and crashed into a park car Deputies found the suspect inside the BMW dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The sheriff said he did not know if the suspect was shot and killed by deputies or if the wound was self-inflected. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered from the scene.
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Brown said that a YouTube video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution” [above] appeared to be linked to the shooting.
In the video, a young man, who identified himself as Elliot Rodger, sits in the driver’s seat of a car as he promises “retribution” and discusses his “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires.”
“Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me,” he says. He adds that it’ll be his last video.
Police haven’t confirmed whether the person who posted the video or man in it is the suspect.
“We’re investigating that as evidence that we believe is connected to this crime,” said Brown.