The now identified suspected gunman in the Isla Vista shootings of May 23 that left seven dead and 13 more injured in the small college town immediately adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara, now also stands accused of stabbing his three male roommates to death at his own apartment just prior to getting into his black BMW and embarking on his shooting spree. Found dead in his car with a gunshot wound to his head following that shooting spree which included two separate gunfire exchanges with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies, it’s also been reported that the suspected shooter, Elliot Rodger, 22, took his own life.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a May 24 press conference that "three, legally purchased, 9 mm semiautomatic handguns were recovered from Rodger at the end of the shooting spree,” according to CBS News. Also recovered from Rodger’s car were more than 400 rounds of unspent ammunition.
In several chilling and telltale YouTube videos, one produced by the suspect the day before his shooting spree, Rodger spoke calmly and eerily about his plan to seek “revenge against humanity.” He also expressed hatred for his roommates, the human race, “the women he says kept him a virgin for all of his 22 years, and the men they chose instead.”
Officials suspect now that Rodger was specifically targeting females during his shooting spree. Investigators are analyzing his YouTube videos as well as a 141-page manifesto Rodger called "My Twisted World" which reads in part, "This is the story of my entire life. It is a dark story of sadness, anger and hatred."
"I'll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you ..."
"I don't know why you girls are so repulsed by me," he says in the video, describing his loneliness and frustration at never having had sex with or even kissed a girl. "I am polite. I am the ultimate gentleman. And yet, you girls never give me a chance. I don't know why."
Rodger was the son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger who worked on "The Hunger Games." According to ABC News, Rodger’s parents asked police to check in on their son after the family became concerned over the content and tone of their son’s YouTube videos. After going to the young man’s apartment on April 30, police came away saying “that he was shy, polite and having a difficult social life but did not need to be taken in for mental health reasons.”
Rodger says in his manifesto: "If they had demanded to search my room... That would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over."
Following the shootings, Peter Rodger’s attorney, Alan Shifman, released a statement wherein the Rodger family said that they believed that their son was indeed the shooter in the May 23 attacks.
"The Rodger family offers their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy. We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain, and our hearts go out to everybody involved," Shifman said.