7 dead in Calif. ‘premeditated mass murder’ shooting rampage

(CNN) — Seven people, including a suspected shooter, died when a man opened fire from a slow-moving car Friday night in a small Southern California college town, a rampage that authorities believe to be “premeditated mass murder,” Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies said Saturday.

The shootings occurred in Isla Vista near the University of California-Santa Barbara. Seven people also were being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, including at least one who was in surgery, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

“The sheriff’s office has obtained and is currently analyzing written and video evidence that suggests this was a premeditated mass murder,” Hoover said.

Hoover apparently was referring to a YouTube video titled “Retribution” posted by a young man, CNN affiliate KEYT-TV reported. In the nearly seven-minute video, the young man rants about women who ignored or rejected him over the past eight years and warns that he will “punish you all for it.”

The violence began and ended within minutes, from 9:27 p.m. when shots were reported to around 10 minutes later when police discovered the body of the suspected gunman, whom authorities described as mentally disturbed, CNN affiliate KEYT-TV said. Police said there were nine separate crime scenes.

“Sheriff’s deputies responded and found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds. As sheriff’s deputies were attending to the victims and performing first aid, they were also receiving suspect information. Only minutes later, there were additional reports of shots fired in several other areas of Isla Vista,” Hoover said.

U.S. law enforcement officials said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI were assisting local police in the investigation, including trying to trace the handgun used and where the possible suspect obtained it.

Robert Johnson told CNN he was standing on a corner when he heard what he thought were fireworks. Then a black BMW with tinted windows drove by and either slowed down or stopped outside a deli where as many as eight people were eating outside. Someone in the car opened fire.

“It all happened very quickly, but I think this happened to be the largest group on the street,” he said. “It think it was just targeted because it was the largest group in the area.”

People jumped up and ran, Johnson recalled.

“I don’t recall hearing any screaming,” he said. “It was at that point where I turned and ran in the opposite direction. … There’s a lot of confusion. Even shortly after this whole ordeal had ended, I think a lot of people didn’t realize the magnitude of the situation.”

KEYT reporter John Palminteri told CNN that some witnesses reported hearing the gunman talk to some of his victims as he fired. Outside a 7-11 convenience store, he said, workers came out amid the gunfire to pull to safety a girl who had been shot in the leg. Another victim, a bicyclist, apparently sustained massive head injuries after being struck by the gunman’s car.

One woman told the station that a driver of a car flashed a gun at her and asked, “Hey, what’s up?” before opening fire. She escaped unharmed.

“I heard some pops, but I just assumed they were fireworks,” said Daniel Slovinsky, who was eating at a restaurant. “Contrary to what you might expect, there wasn’t a whole lot of chaos immediately. I didn’t hear any screaming. A few people were running. … It wasn’t really until police started yelling at people to get inside that we realized something big went down. But even then people didn’t know what.”

KEYT reported that “witnesses described seeing a black BMW speeding through the streets, spraying bullets at people and various targets.” Six minutes after the first emergency call, the suspected gunman traded fire with sheriff’s deputies, and the vehicle plowed into a parked vehicle, said Hoover, the sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

The suspected gunman was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound, she said, adding that it wasn’t clear whether the death was self-inflicted or whether deputies killed the suspected gunman. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered, she said.

It appears the suspect acted alone, Hoover said.

“This is a very active and complex investigation involving approximately nine different crime scenes,” she said.

Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown called the suspect “severely mentally disturbed,” according to KEYT.

Authorities searching for a motive were looking into a video posted on social media that contains a man’s tirade against women who supposedly rebuffed him, Brown told the station. Hoover said the suspect has been preliminarily identified but his name won’t be released until “a positive identification is made.”

The identities of the victims won’t be released until the next of kin are notified, she said.

9 comments

  • me

    is this a liberal, proprogressive, Democratic, controlled area,.
    actively allowing other illegals and illegal activities and now
    publically whining about their controls and government’s
    abilities? Actions, decision, life style choices and pick and
    chose enforcement have known consequences. Unsympathetic.

    • manalishi

      Holmes and Loughner, Cho, Page, and Hassan were registered democrats. Not sure about Lanza but he was raised by raging liberal democrats. The current predator was a california college student and son of a hollywierd director. I’ll take these 100/1 odds all day long.

      Your mother raised a drooling tard. Your defending the democrat ideology to the point where you are actually supporting these tragedies.

      Please don’t breed or vote, there are enough of your peers contaminating country already.

      • Troll

        In case the reader is very slow, nothing manalishi said is remotely true. He is a pathological liar intent on personal recognition.

      • Clayton Bigsby

        If “PROGESSIVE” LIBERAL DEMOCRATS would quit causing mass murders, the USA would be a safer place! Proof: -Karl Halverson Pierson (Wounded 2) – Too young to vote, but mocked Republicans on Facebook and Socialist -Jarer, Killed 6 people and wounded 4) – Registered Democrat -Wade Michael Page (Sikh Temple Shooter, Killed 6 people and wounded 4) – Registered Democrat -James Holmes (Colorado Theater Shooter, Killed 12 people and wounded 58) – Registered Democrat, staff worker on the Obama campaign, Occupy Wall Street participant, Progressive Liberal -Christopher Dorner (California Cop Killer, Killed 4 people) – Registered Democrat – Supported Gun Control, Anti NRA, Obama supporter -Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook School Shooter, Killed 26, wounded 2) – Registered Democrat -Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine Massacre Shooters, Killed 13 people and wounded 21) – Too young to vote, but both families were Registered Democrats and Progressive Liberals. Conclusion: Don’t let Progressive Liberal Democrats have guns, they may cause mass murders!

      • Troll

        Who do you think you are fooling manalishi (roger)? You are a liar regardless of what name you use.

  • angel2

    Tragic. Thoughts and prayers to family/friends. One can only speculate on the “why” and the “how”. Fact is, a severly mentally disturbed person did this. These folks sometimes don’t (or can’t afford to) take their meds or go to therapy. I lived next door to one. At night, he would talk to “people” in his apt. and pretend he was shooting at them. After I complained, the apt. mgr. told me his parents made sure he was back on his meds. A loose cannon can go off at any given moment, regardless of the political climate. Some of this comes about due to failing to recognize/treat mental illness, a poor healthcare system and gunshops…too often followups are not done in these cases. This year, I cannot afford my anti-depressant/psychotherapy….but I’m not severly disturbed, thank the Good Lord.

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