The Los Angeles Times released today that the leading suspect in a killing spree near UC Santa Barbara leaving seven people dead including the gunman is Elliot Rodger. The seemingly senseless act in the Isla Vista neighborhood of UC Santa Barbara has quickly brought attention to his YouTube video, “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.”
The video has been removed under terms of violation regulations of terms of service from YouTube. However, a transcript from the video has been released in which the twenty-two year-old Rodger, a student at UC Santa Barbara, claims that he still a virgin and rejected by women. He shows pictures of himself sitting inside his expensive BMW. Despite his expensive clothes and designer sunglasses, he cannot get a relationship.
Last night, he took out his frustration and according to Santa Barbara County sheriff officials he drove through the streets of the Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara firing upon strangers and running down bystanders. In his video he states that he will take out his revenge upon humanity and claims, “I will punish all of you for it.”
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown stated during a Saturday morning news conference that after viewing of the video it appears that the mass killing rampage and the victim are connected. Authorities also viewed his blog site in which he threatens violence.
Rodger is the son of Peter Rodger, who was an assistant director on the 2012 film “The Hunger Games." Peter Rodger also directed a documentary in 2009 called, “Oh My God” which interviewed people and their answers about their definition of what is God?
Rodger has been releasing videos over the past couple of years, which show him alone and wandering aimlessly, caused his parents concern. They are reported as having had mental health treatment for him. Rodger had subscribed to three different YouTube channels that gave advice on how to pick up women and be an “alpha male.”
His Facebook page is full of selfies but no friends or group pictures at college. Instead of friends, Rodgers displayed photos of his rich and advantageous lifestyle as a son of a Hollywood director.
UCSB President Janet Napolitano, former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, said she was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the shooting near the campus. While families are still being notified, Napolitano announced that counseling services are available for students, faculty and family members through the University. The community of Isla Vista has 23,000 people of which many are students at UCSB or Santa Barbara City College.
Many agree that it is sad that this tragedy began with Rodger’s documenting his loneliness on the Internet through blogs and YouTube. The tragedy is magnified by his use of a gun at a time when so many have chosen to use a firearm to release their hatred upon innocent victims.
Rodger’s final words in his video are, “I will be a god compared to you, you will all be animals, you are animals and I will slaughter you like animals. I'll be a god exacting my retribution on all those who deserve it and you do deserve it just for the crime of living a better life than me.”
'Bang, bang, bang'