25 مئی، 2014

7 dead after gunman promises a ‘day of retribution’ in video

کیلیفورنیا میں بی ایم ڈبلیو کار میں بیٹھے شخص کی جانب سے فائرنگ سے 7 افراد موقع پر ہلاک اور 7 زخمی ہوگئے۔۔۔۔

Seven people are dead and seven others hurt in California after a lone gunman in a black BMW opened fire in a series of drive-by shootings in a coastal college town just hours after promising “retribution” for his lonely life in an on-line video.




The shooter, identified by a local report as Elliot Rodger, 22, was also killed, but it’s unclear if he shot himself or died while exchanging gunfire with cops.

It took just 10 minutes for the terrifying violence to unfold in downtown Isla Vista, near the University of California’s Santa Barbara campus.

Sheriff Bill Brown called it “the work of a madman.”

Rodger, of Calabasas, posted a series of videos to YouTube in which he ranted and whined about being lonely and not having a girlfriend.

In the final video posted last night, Rodger, sitting in the driver seat of his black Beemer, promised that “tomorrow is the day of retribution.”

Gunfire rang out at 9:27 p.m., catching the attention of deputies on foot patrol who heard multiple shots and quickly discovered victims. Just six minutes later they encountered the killer and opened fire in two separate confrontations, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.

The shooter drove off, eventually crashing into a parked car, where officers found him with a gunshot wound to the head and a semi-automatic handgun inside the vehicle.

The license plate of the gunman’s car matches the plate of a car seen on Rodger’s Facebook page, according to the Independent.

In the final video posted to Rodger’s YouTube page, titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” he declares, “This is my last video. … It has come to this. Tomorrow is the day of retribution. … My life is so lonely and mundane. I have no friends, no girlfriends, no love, no sex.

“… I’m not allowed to enjoy life in this world, because I’ve been cast out. No one likes me. No one accepts me.”

Rodger calls his struggles to find a girlfriend and his inability to fit in “an injustice that needs to be dealt with.”

The victims’ identities have not been released, and authorities have not officially ID’d Rodger, though Brown confirmed investigators are looking at the videos, the paper reported.


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“We’re analyzing both written and videotaped evidence that this atrocity was a premeditated mass murder,” Brown said.



The rampage broke out around 9:30 p.m. in the student enclave reputed for parties, including an annual spring bash that turned into a violent blowout last month. Brown said the shootings occurred at several sites, resulting in nine crime scenes.

A student told KEYT-TV he saw shots fired from a BMW, fatally striking one woman and critically injuring another woman.

“I heard shots, scream, pain,” Michael Vitak said. “All emotions. I hope she is going to be fine.”

A visibly shaken student told the station she was approached by the driver of a black BMW who flashed a handgun and asked “Hey, what’s up?” The student, who didn’t provide her full name, said thought he was carrying an airsoft gun and kept walking. She said seconds later, she felt something buzz by her head and quickly realized they were bullets.


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The victims’ identities were not immediately released. Brown said the injured were being treated for gunshot wounds and traumatic injuries, including at least one person who underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries.



Isla Vista, a roughly half-square mile community next to UC Santa Barbara’s campus and picturesque beachside cliffs, is home to 23,000 people. The area has a reputation for excessive partying. Last month, an annual spring bash spiraled into violence 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.




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