Santa Barbara Suspect Elliot Rodger Allegedly Stabbed Three in Apartment Before Rampage
News of the Santa Barbara shootings continue to grislier as more details are released. Just one day after seven people were confirmed dead near the University of California Santa Barbara campus Friday night following a rampage by a 22-year-old "madman," according to Sheriff Bill Brown, authorities have confirmed that three of the victims were stabbed to death at the victim's apartment. Also, since news of the tragedy was released to media, the suspect behind the shootings has been named — Elliot Rodger, the son of The Hunger Games assistant director, is believed to be behind the killings.
Prior to the killings, Rodger filmed a six-minute long YouTube video that expressed his intent to get "retribution" for rejection from women, angrily addressing men who had more romantic success than he did. Said Rodger, who claimed to be a virgin, in the video,
For the last eight years of my life, since I hit puberty, I've been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, all because girls have never been attracted to me ... I will have my revenge against humanity. I will punish all of you for it ... I will be a god compared to you, you will all be animals, you are animals and I will slaughter you like animals. I'll be a god exacting my retribution on all those who deserve it and you do deserve it just for the crime of living a better life than me.
After allegedly killing three people at his apartment and three more in the Isla Vista community — including two females outside UC Santa Barbara's Alpha Phi sorority — authorities confirm that Rodger took his own life after being wounded by officers. And, surprisingly, the assault was not much of a surprise for some — according to sources close to the suspect's family, Rodger's family had contacted authorities about his behavior and videos. According to reports, three weeks ago, Rodger had removed other YouTube videos expressing his anger "due to the alarm it caused with some people in my family." The elder Rodger's lawyer, Alan Shifman, told media that the "family believes the child was the perpetrator," and that the suspect had suffered from Asperger's Syndrome.
Following the shooting rampage — which took place in a total of 10 separate locations — 13 victims suffered injuries from either the suspect's BMW or gunfire. Rodger allegedly used legally purchased firearms, including three semiautomatic weapons.
Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of Homeland Security-turned-University of California President, called the shootings "impossible to predict." Said Napolitano in a statement:
While details on the shooting are scarce and families are still being notified, the campus is already taking steps in response. University officials have set up a room for families who are coming to campus, and are making counseling services available to any students, faculty and staff who need our support. UC Santa Barbara officials are also working with the local County Sheriff’s Office and have opened the campus’ Emergency Operations Center. We will share additional information as it becomes available.
The family of one the victims, 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, spoke out about the shootings, telling media, "[Christopher's] death has left our family lost and broken ... When will this insanity stop? ... Too many have died. We should say to ourselves 'Not one more.'" Peter Rodger's lawyer, Shifman, also stressed that a system was broken: "The world has got to spend more on its mental health system."
The tragedy continues a pattern of violence in Isla Vista — in 2001, the son of another Hollywood director, David Attias, killed four people with his car. Attias, who was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity, claimed he was the "angel of death."