At least seven people -- including the gunman -- were killed and seven more were injured in a drive-by mass shooting near the University of California-Santa Barbara campus on Friday night.
Investigators are calling the Isla Vista shooting “premeditated” mass murder, Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies said Saturday. The suspect, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who reportedly said he wanted to “punish” women for not being attracted to him, allegedly acted alone.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the suspect drove around shooting people at several sites, resulting in nine crime scenes.
Rodger is believed to be the son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger. According to the Daily Mail the 22-year-old posted a video to social media in which he ranted about women rejecting his sexual advances.
“I'm 22 years old and I'm still a virgin. I've never even kissed a girl,” Rodger says in the video.
“College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. But in those years I've had to rot in loneliness. It's not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me. I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it,” he says.
In the 7-minute video, he repeatedly says he will “punish” females and then lays out his plan for “retribution."
“I'm going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde shit that I see inside there. All those girls that I've desired so much, they would've all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them,” he says.
The Daily Mail reported his Twitter account only had two posts:
“Why are girls sexually attracted to obnoxious, brutish men instead of sophisticated gentlemen such as myself? #girls #perverted #sex #unfair,” he tweeted on April 19.
“Why do girls hate me so much?” he posted on April 20, with a link to his now-deleted YouTube video.
Police responded to shots fired in Isla Vista around 9:27 p.m. Friday.
Rodger was later found dead inside his black BMW from a single gunshot wound to the head. Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun from the vehicle.