Sheriff: Elliot Rodger Stabbed 3, Shot 3 To Death In Murder Spree
New details emerged Saturday of a murder spree that took place across 12 separate crime scenes and involved a total of seven fatalities in Isla Vista, California, Friday night.
Elliot Rodger murdered six people.
The 22 year-old loner repeatedly stabbed three men to death in his apartment in what Santa Barbara County sheriff Bob Brown described as a “pretty horrific crime scene”.
Rodger then set off on a “mobile shooting rampage” in which he killed three more.
Victims included two members of the Alpha Phi Sorority at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a man outside of a deli, Brown said in a news conference Saturday.
During his spree, Rodger injured another four individuals with his car, a black BMW.
Police then engaged Rodger in a shoot-out before he crashed his car.
He was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head, apparently self-inflicted, Brown said.
Rodger, whose father is an assistant director for The Hunger Games franchise, had three legally purchased and registered semi-automatic handguns and a total of 41 10-round magazines in his car, according to Brown.
Rodger made his motives clear in materials discovered after the murder spree.
In a Youtube video titled “Retribution”, Rodger complained “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,” he said, adding that he would target “sorority girls”.
Rodger also wrote a 141 page manifesto titled “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger”.
In it, he chronicles his upbringing, and laments his lack of success with girls and his inability to fit in with others, saying he wanted to be one of “the cool kids”.
“Jealousy and envy…those are two emotions that would dominate my entire life and bring me immense pain,” Rodger wrote.
“It’s very, very apparent that he was mentally disturbed,” Sheriff Brown said in Saturday’s press conference.
Brown said that police have had three separate encounters with Rodger over the past year. One involved an assault in which Rodger said he was attacked. Authorities determined that he may have been the aggressor.
In another, Rodger reportedly stole three candles and then tried to perform a citizen’s arrest on a roommate.
And on April 30, police visited Rodger at his home after a family member reported seeing some of the disturbing videos he had created.
Brown said that Rodger was “courteous and polite…timid and shy” during that encounter and that he did not meet the criteria of a 5150, an involuntary psychiatric hold.