- Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed to death three men inside his home in California
- Gunman wrote 140-page manifesto outlining how he wanted to kill people
- Rodger had Asperger’s syndrome and was in the care of several therapists
- He had three semi-automatic handguns and 400 rounds of ammunition
- Posted video in which he claimed women have rejected his advances
- Lamenting that he was a 22-year-old virgin, Rodger promised ‘retribution’
- Planned to enter ‘hottest sorority on UCSB’ and ‘slaughter’ the girls inside
The deadly crime spree in California began with three stabbing deaths inside the killer’s apartment and concluded with the son of a Hollywood bigwig shooting himself in the head, it was revealed today.
Elliot Rodger, 22, started out by stabbing to death three men around 9.30pm on Friday night. The rampage covered a wide area in the vicinity of the UCSB campus with 10 separate crime scenes.
Rodger, who was driving a black BMW, acted alone when six people were killed and 13 were hurt.
Dr Stephen Kaminski, trauma services director for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, said of 11 of the wounded that four had been treated and released, and seven transferred to Cottage Hospital.
Disturbed: Elliot Rodger, 22, took his own life Friday after murdering six people and leaving 13 others wounded in California
Familiar face: Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said in a press conference his department had contacted Elliot Rodger on three separate occasions between July 2013 and April 2014
This map presented during a Saturday press conference shows Elliot Rodger’s movements during the crime spree
Armed to the teeth: Rodger had legally purchased two Sig Sauers like the one pictured right and a Glock 34
Of those seven, two were in good condition, three fair and two serious, he told reporters.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said that after the stabbings, the Santa Barbara City College student armed himself with three semi-automatic handguns and drove to nearby Alpha Phi sorority.
Rodger, the son of The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger, repeatedly knocked on the door, but no one would let him in.
The armed gunman then fired shots at three women standing outside, killing two of them, Katie Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19.
Kyle Sullivan, 19, a student at Santa Barbara City College, was there when Rodger opened fire on Cooper, Weiss and a third victim outside the sorority house.
One of the women appeared dead, Mr Sullivan recalled to CNN, another was ‘just barely able to move her eyes,’ while a third was on the phone with her mother.
The wounded woman, who was shot in the kidney, was saying into the phone how she was probably not going to make it, and how much she loved her mother, the eyewitness said.
According to the sheriff, Rodger then returned to his black BMW and drove to IV Deli Mart in Golita. He entered the store and shot dead 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, an unsuspecting bystander.
Near campus: The shootings took place close the the UC Santa Barbara campus
More casualties: Coroners remove three bodies from the Capri Apartment building in Isla Vista where Elliot Rodger reportedly lived
Beginning of bloodshed: Three men were viciously stabbed to death by Rodger at his apartment.
Surveillance footage from the store shows how innocent shoppers ducked for cover as the gunman opened fire.
Rodger continued his crime spree, firing at two people on the sidewalk from his car, brandishing a handgun at a woman and shooting at a lone sheriff’s deputy on foot.
The killer then struck a cyclist with his car before opening fire at passersby, three of whom were wounded.
The bloody saga came to a conclusion when Rodger was confronted by four deputies and shot at them. The law enforcement agents returned fire, striking the driver in the left hip.
The injured Rodger tried to get away and slammed into another biker, who was thrown in the air and landed on the hood of the BMW, shattering the windshield in the process.
Officials believe that is when Rodger turned the gun on himself, firing a single shot at his head, which caused him to lose control of his car.
When deputies removed Rodger’s lifeless body from the crashed vehicle and searched the interior, they discovered three 9mm semi-automatic handguns – a pair of Sig Sauers and a Glock – along with nearly 400 rounds of ammunition.
Sheriff Brown said all three weapons were legally purchased from licensed arms dealers and were registered to Rodger.
Destination: Rodger knocked on the door of the Alpha Phi sorority house in the Isla Vista section of Santa Barbara, but nobody answered so he proceeded to shoot three women standing outside
Aftermath: Students and shop owners survey the damage caused by the gunman which spread over several streets in Isla Vista
Duck and cover: Shoppers inside IV Deli Mart hit the floor after hearing the sound of whizzing bullets
According to the sheriff’s office, the agency had contacted Rodger on three separate occasions between July 2013 and April 2014.
On July 21, 2013, deputies reached out to the college student while he was being treated in a hospital for injuries he had allegedly sustained in an assault.
On January 15, 2014, Rodger called police accusing one of his roommates of stealing $22 (£13) worth of candles from him.
The disturbed young man made a citizen’s arrest, which resulted in his roommate being jailed and cited for petty theft.
Then on April 30, deputies came to Rodger’s apartment in response to a welfare check request made by a relative, presumed to be his mother.
Rodger downplayed his parent’s concerns for his mental state, saying he was having difficulties with his social life and was planning to drop out of college.
The responding deputies gave him some advice and information on where to seek help, and then left.
Lap of luxury: Elliot Rodger used his Facebook page to show off, sharing images of fancy trips and outings
In high gear: the 22-year-old boasted about his luxury vehicles, including his black BMW involved in the drive-by shootings
Devastated: Peter Rodger (center), the father of UCSB shooter Elliot Rodger is seen in public for the first time since his son went on a deadly drive-by rampage that left six people dead
In his 140-page manifesto ‘My Twisted World’ outlining his homicidal plans, Rodger described in detail the day police knocked on his door. He published the unsettling document before beginning his bloody rampage.
‘I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it,’ he wrote.
Rodger expressed concern that officers would search his home and find his multiple firearms and writings laying out his murderous plans, and stop him from exacting revenge on his ‘enemies’ by locking him up.
The officers, however, did not arrest him after finding the suspect to be ‘courteous and shy.’
Santa Barbara police spokesman Kelly Hoover revealed last night that the department’s contact with Rodgers in April is now being reviewed as part of the investigation.
Ocean of tears: Some 3,000 people stand during a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of Friday night’s mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Hand in hand: UCSB students march on the campus in honor of the six victims of the massacre
Overcome with sorrow: Students weeps and comfort each other while honoring their fallen classmates
Solemn procession: The participants of the vigil marched to the scene of the grisly slayings in downtown Isla Vista
While in his writings and videos Rodger appeared to be a mentally unhinged and lonely young man angry at the world because he could not get a girlfriend, his Facebook account paints an entirely different picture of him.
Rodger filled his photo albums with images of his high-end cars, expensive meals and other trappings of luxury.
The son of a wealthy Hollywood director travelled the world in business class, attended a private Katy Perry concert and took in the sights on a recent trip to London.
His chilling manifesto, however, uncovers the depth of his anguish and rage, especially at women, and his desire to kill people.
‘On the day before the Day of Retribution, I will start the First Phase of my vengeance: Silently killing as many people as I can around Isla Vista by luring them into my apartment through some form of trickery,’ Rodger wrote.
Shattered: A woman looks at the bullet holes on the window of IV Deli Mark where Friday night’s mass shooting took place
Second crime scene: The discovery was made inside the Capri apartment complex in the 6500 block of Seville Road
Grisly sight: IV Deli Mart owner Michael Hassan, left, and his employee clean up the store where part of Friday night’s mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter
Authorities are also examining a video posted on social media by the shooter in which he rants about women who supposedly rejected his advances. The video is called Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.
Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College Student and Isla Vista resident, according to his social media accounts, unleashed a tirade about his ‘loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires,’ and blames women for preferring ‘obnoxious brutes’ to him, ‘the supreme gentlemen.’
‘I’m 22 years old and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl,’ he says in the video.
‘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.
‘You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it,’ he says in the video, which runs to almost seven minutes.
He repeatedly promises to ‘punish’ women and lays out his plan for ‘retribution.’
End of the road: The shooter’s crashed car is seen from the driver’s side, where Elliot Rodger ended his life with a bullet to the head
Path of destruction: Rodger’s BMW with the windshield shattered after he ran over a bicyclist who landed on the hood of the car
Stephen Nichols arranges flowers left in front of IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night’s mass shooting took place
‘I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde s*** that I see inside there.
‘All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them,’ he says.
CHRONOLOGY OF DEATH: WORST COLLEGE-RELATED SHOOTINGS
June 7, 2013: Five people are killed and several are wounded when John Zawahri, 23, shoots his father and brother and then shoots at strangers in cars and at Santa Monica College.
April 2, 2012: Seven people are killed and three are injured when a 43-year-old former student opens fire at a tiny Christian school, Oikos University, in Oakland, California. One Goh was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder but is being held at a Northern California mental hospital.
Feb. 14, 2008: Five students are killed and 18 are wounded when former student Steven Kazmierczak, 27, opens fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Feb. 8, 2008: Two people are killed when Latina Williams, 23, opens fire at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before shooting herself.
April 16, 2007: Thirty-two people are fatally shot in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, 23, kills himself.
Sept. 2, 2006: Two people are killed when gunman Douglas W. Pennington, 49, shoots his sons before killing himself during a visit to Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Oct. 28, 2002: Three professors are killed when Robert Flores Jr., 41, who was flunking out of the University of Arizona nursing school, shoots them before killing himself in Arizona.
Jan. 16, 2002: Three people are killed and three are wounded by recently dismissed graduate student at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.
Aug. 15, 1996: Three professors are shot and killed when Frederick Martin Davidson, 36, a graduate engineering student at San Diego State University, is defending his thesis before a faculty committee and pulls out a handgun. Davidson was later sentenced in California to three life terms in prison without parole.
‘I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one. The true alpha male,’ he laughs like a maniacal movie villain.
‘Yes… After I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house I will take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure…’
His YouTube account contains numerous other videos in which Rodger talks of his loneliness and anger at the women he says snub him.
A three-week old video called ‘Another sunny day in Santa Barbara’ include the description ‘I temporarily took all of my Vlog’s down due to the alarm it caused with some people in my family. I will post more updates in the future.’
Rodger’s Twitter account has only two tweets, posted on April 19 and 20.
‘Why are girls sexually attracted to obnoxious, brutish men instead of sophisticated gentlemen such as myself? #girls #perverted #sex #unfair,’ reads the first.
‘Why do girls hate me so much?’ he posted on April 20, along with a now-deleted YouTube video.
Rodger was on a website forum called PUAHate.com, which describes itself as the ‘Anti-Pickup-Artist Movement’ and aims to reveal ‘the scams, deception, and misleading marketing techniques used by dating gurus and the seduction community to deceive men and profit from them.’
Its members are all men who have spent a lot of time and money on books and seminars and other materials that claim to help men ‘pick-up’ women – but failed.
The bitter, often misogynistic threads are full of tales of woe from men who don’t know how to get women to date them and blame the women themselves for the problem.
He posted in 2013, ‘If you could release a virus that would kill every single man on Earth, except for yourself because you would have the antidote, would you do it?
‘You will be the only man left, with all the females. You would be able to have your pick of any beautiful woman you want, as well as having dealt vengeance on the men who took them from you. Imagine how satisfying that would be.’
Rodger’s actions have been lauded on the site by other members who have called him a ‘hero’.
His two sole female victims Weiss, 19, and Cooper, were both sisters at the Delta Delta Delta Greek organisation.
‘Retribution’: Elliot Rodger posted a video to social media in which he outlines his plan for ‘retribution’ for being rejected by women
Dystopian fantasy: Rodger (seen left) is the son of Peter Rodger, assistant director for The Hunger Games (seen second left), about an annual televised death match. Elliot Rodger is seen here at the film’s 2012 premiere with Sylvester Stallone (right)
Katie’s aunt Stacy Simmer said: ‘Katie was the apple of all of our eyes, a shining star- she has so many friends.
‘She had a 4.8 GPA and did a lot of charity fundraising for St Jude’s Children’s hospital. She was studying archeology and she was in in a wonderful sorority.;
MY TWISTED WORLD: ELLIOT RODGER’S MANIFESTO REVEALED
Before Elliot Rodger, 22, grabbed a gun Friday night and a went on a murderous rampage, leaving six people dead and 13 others wounded in his wake, he outlined his plans in a 140-page manifesto titles ‘My Twisted World.’
In his rambling opus sent to the station KEYT, Rodger revealed that he had originally planned to carry out his attack April 26, but had to postpone it because of a cold.
Rodger, the son of a Hollywood bigwig, revealed plans to lure as many people as possible to his apartment by means of ‘trickery’ and kill them. He also discussed his desire to stab his two new roommates, whom he described as repulsive and the biggest nerds he had ever seen.
Elliot admitted in writing that he was jealous of his personable younger half-brother and wanted to kill him as well.
His ravings included a lengthy passage about putting women in concentration camps and starving all of them to death, with him watching the spectacle with glee from a tall tower.
‘”If I can’t have them, no one can,” I’d imagine thinking to myself as I oversee this,’ he wrote.
Rodger believed he was a ‘powerful God’ and was convinced that once he dumped a bag of his victims’ severed heads in the street, everyone will fear him.
Her parents Katie and Dan left San Bernardino for Santa Barbara as soon as they heard. Her two brothers, Nick, 26, a chemist in Colorado and Jon, still in college, will join them.
The father of UCSB English major Mr Martinez also confirmed his son was killed in the massacre.
During an emotional press conference yesterday, Richard Martinez said his family was ‘lost and broken.’
The grief-stricken parent railed against the National Rifle Association and called on politicians to pass more robust gun control laws.
‘They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?’ Mr Martinez Snr said. ‘When will enough people say: ‘Stop this madness! We don’t have to live like this! Too many people have died!’
Alan Schifman, a lawyer for Peter Rodger, confirmed that Elliot Rodger was the gunman.
Mr Schifman told ABC News that Elliot was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as a child and had been subjected to bullying from his classmates for most of his life because he was a loner. The lawyer also said the gunman was being treated by several therapists.
In a statement, his father described the family’s ‘inconceivable pain’ and said his heart ‘goes out to everybody involved’.
Friends of the family were aghast at the news.
‘Oh my God, my God. This is terrible,’ said Christian Rivas, a close friend and neighbour of Rodger’s 18 year-old sister, Georgia, when asked about Friday’s tragedy.
‘I was hanging out with Georgia till two o’clock this morning at the local park and she was happy and laughing – she had no idea what was going on with her brother. She must be devastated – I feel so bad for her…and the victims.
‘She was always worried about Elliot. She would say that she didn’t understand him because he was always such a loner – he didn’t want to have anything to do with anyone else and he had no friends.
‘Georgia said that when they did talk, they would often fight because he didn’t seem to be interested in anything or anyone. She couldn’t relate late to him and he was so anti-social.’
First casualties: Katie Cooper, left, and Veronika Weiss, right, are believed to be among the seven people slain not far from the University of California Santa Barbara campus Friday
Deceased: Chris Martinez, 20, a sophomore at UCSB majoring in English, has been identified as a third victim.
Distraught: Richard Martinez (left), the father of mass shooting victim Christopher Martinez, expresses his anger and sorrow as he speaks to the media with his brother, Alain (second left) by his side outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs headquarters in Goleta, California
Mr Rivas, 19, lives around the corner from the neat, three-bedroom home on quiet Windom Steet in West Hills – about 25 miles north west of Los Angeles – where Elliot’s mother, ‘Chin’ Rodger, 53 lives with Georgia.
‘Elliot wasn’t really living here all the time any ore but he stayed here a lot,’ added Mr Rivas, who attended nearby El Camino High School, the same school both Elliot and Georgia went to.
‘When I would go to their house to see Georgia, if Elliot was in he would never come out into the living room and talk. He always stayed locked in his bedroom by himself.
‘He always kept very much to himself. When he did go out he would sometimes just drive round the neighborhood aimlessly in his car – I think it was a black BMW.
‘Georgia had a boyfriend once who just couldn’t figure Elliot out and called him a “real weirdo.” The boyfriend would say “hi” to him but Elliot wouldn’t say a word. He’d just go to his bedroom and slam the door
Police tape marks off the scene of a drive-by shooting that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and others wounded on Friday in Isla Vista, California.
‘The only person he spent time with was his mother. I think he was quite close to her. His mom is very sweet and nice and I think she gets on well with Elliot and Georgia’s dad, even though they’re divorced.
‘I feel so sorry for Georgia and her mom and dad. They’re a really nice family and this is going to devastate them. Elliot was a strange guy and Georgia did worry about him a lot. But something as horrific and violent as this – she could never have imagined anything so awful happening.’
Crime scene: Elliot Rodger’s black BMW can be seen along with a mangled bike in Isla Vista where seven people are dead following a shooting spree
Aftermath: A deputy sheriff walks near a black BMW sedan driven by a drive-by shooter on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, California near a Santa Barbara university campus.
Horrified: Students survey the scene after the shooting that claimed seven lives.
College terror: Police investigate the bloody scene of a drive-by shooting in a Santa Barbara enclave that is home to many students
Chase: Rodger crashed his BMW after he was pursued by police.
Family: Elliot Rodger (right) with his father (left) and a younger sibling, posted many videos to his YouTube account reminiscing about his happy childhood.
As the shooting unfolded, residents took to social media to share the news and warn others.
‘I could have easily been dead right now. RIP to the girls who got shot and killed and other people who got run over by this idiot,’ tweeted one.
Sienna Schwartz said the shooter approached her and said, ‘Hey what up?’ and then began shooting at her as she walked away.
The distressed girl said she initially thought the gun the shooter flashed at her was an airsoft gun but realized it was real when three or four bullets buzzed past her ears.
A student told the station he saw shots fired from a BMW, fatally striking one woman and critically injuring another woman.
Loneliness: Rodger says that his college years have been marked by solitude, while his peers have enjoyed ‘sex and fun and pleasure’
Premeditated attack: Police and emergency personnel tend to a victim at the scene of a drive-by shooting in Isla Vista, a neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California May 23.
‘I heard shots, scream, pain,’ Michael Vitak said. ‘All emotions. I hope she is going to be fine.’
Around 3,000 students turned out for an emotional candlelit vigil tonight to honor the six dead students on Saturday night.
After silently assembling in a plaza on campus, they marched solemnly back towards the scene of the massacre in downtown Isla Vista.
At the end of the march, there was a student-led vigil and several moments of silence for people to reflect on the tragic events of the day.
Isla Vista is known for parties, including an annual spring bash that turned into a violent blowout last month as young people clashed with police and tossed rocks and bottles.
A university police officer and four deputies were injured and 130 people were arrested.
FULL TRANSCRIPT OF ‘ELLIOT RODGER’S RETRIBUTION’ YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi, Elliot Rodger here. Well, this is my last video. It all has to come to this. Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you.
For the last eight years of my life, since I hit puberty, I’ve been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, all because girls have never been attracted to me. Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men, never to me.
I’m 22 years old and still a virgin, never even kissed a girl. And through college, 2 1/2 years, more than that actually, I’m still a virgin. It has been very torturous.
College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness, it’s not fair.
You forced me to suffer all my life, now I will make you all suffer. I waited a long time for this. – Elliot Rodger.
You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime because I don’t know what you don’t see in me, I’m the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish all of you for it.
On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there. All those girls I’ve desired so much. They have all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance toward them, while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes.
I take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you., You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male. [laughs] Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I’ve had to rot in loneliness all these years. They all look down upon me every time I tried to join them, they’ve all treated me like a mouse.
Well, now 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.
The popular kids, you never accepted me and now you will all pay for it. Girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, be loved by you. I wanted a girlfriend. I wanted sex, love, affection, adoration.
You think I’m unworthy of you. That’s I crime I can never get over. If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you. [laughs] You denied me a happy life and in turn I will deny all of you life, it’s only fair. I hate all of you.
Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species. If I had it in my power I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood and rightfully so. You deserve to be annihilated and I will give that to you. You never showed me any mercy so I will show you none.
You forced me to suffer all my life, now I will make you all suffer. I waited a long time for this. I’ll give you exactly what you deserve, all of you. All you girls who rejected me, looked down upon me, you know, treated me like scum while you gave yourselves to other men. And all of you men for living a better life than me, all of you sexually active men. I hate you. I hate all of you. I can’t wait to give you exactly what you deserve, annihilation.