Saturday, May 24
(Santa Barbara, CA) -- UC Santa Barbara's newspaper says the man suspected in connection with Friday night's shooting spree near the university is a 22-year-old Woodland Hills native. The "Daily Nexus" quoted "Eliot Rodger's Official Blog" as saying being lonely in Santa Barbara is horrible. A man who identifies himself as Rodgers in a YouTube video posted hours before the massacre made an ominous threat.
Investigators aren't yet commenting on a YouTube video posted hours before a drive-by shooting near the U.C. Santa Barbara campus Friday night. A man who identifies himself as Elliot Rodger says he's going to "kill sluts" from the school because he's a 22-year-old virgin and no one would have sex with him. Rodger is believed to be the son of a Hollywood assistant director whose credits include the first "Hunger Games" movie. Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and seven others injured.
The suspected shooter reportedly had misogynistic views. The "Daily Mail" reports Elliot Rodger was a member of several web forums that featured men expressing their disappointment at being turned down by women and then blaming their woes on females in general. In the YouTube video being linked to the shooting, Rodger talks repeatedly about "punishing" women and going into a sorority house and "slaughtering every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde (expletive) that I see inside there." Rodger's video talks about him being turned down for love and sex and his unhappiness about still being a virgin at the age of 22.
The father of one of the victims is expressing grief and anger. The father of Christopher Martinez is placing blame for his son's death beyond the gunman.
The father of one of the victims from the shooting near UC Santa Barbara is grieving for his son, Christopher Martinez.