The gunman who opened fire in a “Santa Barbara student enclave” on May 23 and then exchanged gunfire with police before being fatally shot is believed to have been seeking “retribution” for women who rejected his advances.
Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and seven others wounded.
According to the Daily Mail, the shootings took place around 9:30 PM on Friday, and the gunman was a “22-year-old named Elliot Rodger.” Police believe he acted alone and that his heinous crime “was a premeditated mass murder.”
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said police have a video which was posted online by the gunman prior to committing the crime. In the video, the gunman “rants about women who supposedly rejected his advances.” The video is titled, “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.”
Rodger was “a Santa Barbara City College Student” and “is thought to be the son of Peter Rodger, assistant director of the Hollywood film franchise The Hunger Games.”
He claimed women chose “obnoxious brutes” over him while describing himself as “the supreme gentleman.” He expressed anger that he was 22-years old and “still a virgin” who had never been kissed. He promised to “punish” women for these things.
Police have not determined if Rodger died from “a self-inflicted” gunshot wound or from an officer’s round.
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