Santa Barbara Campus Shooter Identified

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A lawyer says the family of a man they believe went on a shooting rampage near a Santa Barbara, California, university called police several weeks ago after being alarmed by YouTube videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people."

Attorney Alan Shifman said police conducted an investigation and interviewed the man he identified as Elliot Rodger. Shifman said police did not find a history of guns, but did say the man had trouble making friends.

Shifman is the attorney for Peter Rodger, who was an assistant director on "The Hunger Games" film series. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the shooter.

Six people were killed Friday night during a shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The suspected gunman was also fatally shot.

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - An attorney for a Hollywood director says the family believes his son is responsible for a shooting rampage near a Santa Barbara, California, university campus.

Alan Shifman says that the family has not yet seen his body. But they have been told he was killed and believe he killed six people. Shifman is they attorney for Peter Rodger, who was an assistant director on The Hunger Games.

Police say they are investigating a YouTube video connected to the case that shows a man describing a plan to kill women. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the shooter, and the identity of the person in the video could not be independently confirmed.

Police say a drive-by shooter went on the nighttime rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The attack left seven others wounded.

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the gunman got into two gun battles with deputies during Friday night's rampage in the beachside community of Isla Vista before crashing his black BMW into a parked car.

Deputies found him dead with a gunshot wound to the head, but it wasn't immediately clear whether he was killed by gunfire or if he committed suicide.

Six others were also injured.

A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Investigators know the gunman's name, but Brown said he couldn't release it pending notification of relatives. He said they are looking at both written and videotaped evidence.


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