Son of Hunger Games director goes on shooting and stabbing spree

26 May 2014 / 2 years 5 months ago

Seven people were left dead and another thirteen were injured in Isla Vista, California, a town neighboring UC Santa Barbara, after a mass shooting on Friday, May 23.

The gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Woodland Hills native Elliot Rodger, who is also the son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger.

The seven victims included the shooter himself. The student who attended Santa Barbara City College classes sporadically since 2011 was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Three of the victims were 'repeatedly stabbed to death with sharp objects' at the suspect's apartment prior to the shooting spree. The next two were shot outside the Alpha Phi sorority and the last victim was killed at a local deli, stated Sheriff Bill Brown.

Thirteen people were injured during the shootings, including multiple bicyclists that authorities said were hit with Rodger's vehicle.  

Rodger was armed with multiple handguns, all legally purchased. Three 9-mm semi-automatic handguns were found in his vehicle.

"It would appear as though he took his own life," Sheriff Brown said.

On May 23, Rodger had posted a "Retribution" video onto YouTube. Sitting in the driver's seat of his BMW while filming the video, he revealed his plans to  "slaughter the hottest sorority girls at UCSB."

"This is my last video," Rodger said in the nearly seven-minute clip. "It all has to come to this. Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge against humanity. I'll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you, you'll finally see that I'm, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male. After I've 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."

The video has since been removed from YouTube for its violent content.

Rodger's YouTube channel page shows numerous videos with titles like "Being lonely on Spring Break sucks" and "Why do girls hate me so much?"

He had also wrote in a blog post, "Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience. As I've said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends. I wish girls were attracted to me. I don't know why they aren't."

Photos 1 to 3 show Rodger, while the rest show other photos related to The Hunger Games series and its cast.

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