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Suspect in California Rampage IDd as Elliot Rodger, Son of Hollywood Director

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(NBC) -- UPDATE: Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old man suspected of having gone on a killing rampage Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara, may have done so out of intense frustration at his rejection by women, which he detailed in shocking online videos.

Alan Shifman, an attorney for Rodger's father, Peter Rodger — whom NBC Los Angeles identified as an assistant director on blockbuster "Hunger Games" movie series — confirmed to NBC News on Saturday that Rodger was the man suspected of having killed six people and wounded seven others Friday night as he stalked the streets of Isla Vista, firing seemingly at random.

The Rodgers family is cooperating with investigators, said Shifman, who said it was Rodger's own parents who alerted police to the distressing videos their son posted to YouTube — videos in which Rodger, a student at nearby Santa Barbara City College, complains that his college years have been torture because he could never get a date.

The gunman also died following the shooting spree, but the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office doesn't know whether he died in a shootout with officers or from a self-inflicted wound.

A semiautomatic handgun was recovered in the vehicle, investigators said.

"It's obviously the work of a madman," Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said at a news conference early Saturday.

In the chilling videos, nine of which were posted Thursday, he vows "retribution" and "revenge against humanity" — specifically against the residents of a sorority house, all of whom he threatens to kill.

"I'm 22 years old, and I'm still a virgin. I've never even kissed a girl," Rodger says. "College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. But in those years, I've had to rot in loneliness. It's not fair.

"If I can't have you girls, I will destroy you," he says, sometimes laughing at his own audacity. Afterward, he promises, "I will take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there."

"You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one — the true alpha male," he boasts.

Peter Rodgers' attorney told NBC News that Elliot Rodger lived with a form of Asperger syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum. There is no known link between Asperger's and violent behavior.

Before he and his family moved to the U.S. in 1996, Peter Rodger was an acclaimed film photographer in Britain, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported. His wife — Elliot Rodger's stepmother — is Soumaya Akaaboune, an actress who appeared in "Green Zone" in 2010 with Matt Damon and stars in the French version of the "Real Housewives" television series, it reported.

The Hollywood connection eerily recalls a remarkably similar rampage in the same town 13 years ago, when David Attias, the son of director Dan Attias — whose credits include "Entourage" and other well-known TV shows — ran down and killed four people with his car near the university after having being spurned by a woman.

A memorial to those four victims sits in a park in the center of Isla Vista.





(NBC) -- Police are investigating why a gunman opened fire on a Southern California college town, spraying bullets from his car in a Friday night rampage that killed six people and injured seven, including "several" students, officials said. The suspect, who investigators said acted alone as he stalked streets near the University of California, Santa Barbara, was killed following a shootout with police, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. His name has not yet been released.

Investigators were scrambling overnight at nine crime scenes across Isla Vista, a bustling beach community known for its weekend nightlife and party scene.

"It's obviously the work of a madman," Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said at a news conference early Saturday. "There's going to be a lot more information that will come out that will give a clearer picture of just how disturbed this individual was."

Drive-by shootings were first reported to dispatchers at 9:27 p.m. (12:27 a.m. ET Saturday), the sheriff's office said in a statement. When deputies responded to the location in Isla Vista, they found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds.


"Only minutes later, there were additional reports of shots fired in several other areas of Isla Vista," the statement said.

Six minutes after the first call, the suspect opened fire on a group of deputies pursuing him, the statement said. Witnesses told NBC Southern California that shortly after the shootout with officers, the suspect's black BMW crashed.

When officers approached the car, they found the suspect dead from a gunshot wound, but they are not sure whether the wound was self-inflicted or if the shooter was shot by a deputy, Brown said at a news conference. A semi-automatic handgun was discovered in the car, he added.

The seven surviving victims were hospitalized and being treated for gunshot wounds and "traumatic" injuries, authorities said. At least one of the victims had undergone surgery for life-threatening injuries.

"We have been notified that several of our students were taken to local hospitals last night, but we do not have additional information at this time," UC Santa Barbara said in a statement.

The investigation is ongoing and involves a "very chaotic series of crime scenes," Brown told reporters.

Sheriff's department personnel are also investigating a YouTube video that "suggests this atrocity was premeditated mass murder," the sheriff said.

In a YouTube video posted Monday, a man details plans for "retribution" and "revenge against humanity," NBC Southern California reported. "You girls have never been attracted to me," the man in the video says.

He vows to enter a sorority house and kill women there, then “take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there.”

The specific video has not been officially linked to the suspect by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

"I don’t understand why someone would shoot at random people, it’s terrible," said Julia Di Bernardo, a UC Santa Barbara sophomore who lives in an off-campus apartment above from one of the crime scenes.

She told NBC News that she and her friends were headed out for a night on the town when they heard the shots ring out around 9:30 p.m.

The gunshots "were spaced out when they were directly below us," Di Bernardo said.

"Maybe two minutes later, to the west of us, we heard just a rain of gunfire," she added. "There was a lot."

One of her friends thought the noise was fireworks, but Di Bernardo said the scene was too chaotic.

"Police were saying, 'Go in and stay in,'" Di Bernardo said.

She and her friends were initially headed for Del Playa Drive, where the suspect was chased by police.

"We actually would have been on the same sidewalk," Di Bernardo said, adding that the entire night was "chilling."

Just four blocks from where Di Bernardo heard gunshots, witnesses reported that the shooter also opened fire into a group of people near IV Deli Mart.

"I heard somewhere between 12 to 20 shots into a group of people who were eating in front of it," witness Robert Johnson told NBC Southern California.

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of a mass shooting last night in the Isla Vista area near UC Santa Barbara," said University of California President Janet Napolitano.

"My heart is broken over the shooting in Isla Vista last night and the lives it claimed," said California Rep. Lois Capps. "We've endured too many tragedies as a nation over the past few years. But now is a time for us to pray and to come together as a community."

Officials were expected to give another update on the shooting at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET).

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