After a year of planning his revenge on sorority sisters who had ignored him, causing him “pain” and “suffering," Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old student living in Isla Vista, California, began his killing spree at 9:30 p.m. Friday night. It ended 10 minutes later when Rodger, confronted by armed force, took his own life. In the wake were 12 separate crime scenes with seven people killed and 13 more (including a bicyclist and a skate-boarder) injured, some seriously.
Calling it a “chaotic, rapidly unfolding convoluted incident,” Sheriff Bill Brown added:
It’s obviously the work of a madman....
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….
[It was] premeditated mass murder.
The spree began at Rodger’s apartment, where he murdered his three roommates with a knife. He then shot three females in front of a sorority house near the campus of UC Santa Barbara and moved on to a deli, where he fatally shot another student. He then drove downtown, where he fired at two pedestrians, slowing down in front of a 7-Eleven long enough to wound another female. He ran a red light, hitting a bicyclist and a skateboarder. Finally, when confronted and challenged by armed sheriff's deputies, Rodger took his own life.
Diagnosed with “highly functional Asperger syndrome” as a youngster, Rodger was at the time of the shooting taking a number of prescription drugs including Xanax and Vicodin.
Prior to the shooting, he left plenty of evidence regarding his thoughts and intent. A video he posted on YouTube so unnerved his mother that she called social services in early April. When officers arrived at his apartment, Rodger presented himself as a model citizen, so friendly, open and transparent that the officers concluded that he was a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human [being].”
In his carefully crafted 141-page manifesto entitled “My Twisted World," however, Rodger noted that underneath that warm, friendly exterior was a cold-blooded murderer who had long been planning his retribution. From that manifesto Rodger wrote of the incident:
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