California Shooting Tragedy Linked to Son of ‘Hunger Games’ Crew Member
Tragedy struck the college town of Isla Vista, California Friday night when a person opened fire on unsuspecting crowds, killing six people in the process. The gunman was later found dead from a gunshot wound, bringing the total number of deaths to seven.
According to KEYT, police first received word of the first incident at 9:27 p.m. The suspect was reportedly driving a black BMW and randomly opening fire from his car while driving by several locations in the Isla Vista area. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown stated that at 9:33 p.m. the suspect exchanged gunfire with deputies and then crashed into a parked car. He was then found dead from a gunshot wound to the head but it was not immediately known whether the suspect was shot and killed by officers, or if the wound was self-inflicted. Police believe he acted alone.
There were seven confirmed deaths including the suspect himself. Seven people are currently being treated for gunshot wounds and/or traumatic injuries, including one life-threatening case.
On Saturday, it was reported that the suspect was identified as being 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student who posted a YouTube video online ominously warning people that he was about to commit "retribution" and "revenge against humanity." In the video, Rodger describes feeling tortured and battered from loneliness and rejection.
It was later reported that Rodger was the son of Peter Rodger, who served as a second unit director on 'The Hunger Games.'
We send our thoughts to the victims, the victims' families and the people of Isla Vista as they get through this terrible tragedy.