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Mass Murder in Isla Vista
updated: May 25, 2014, 8:24 AM

Edhat will continue to update this article with any new information on the Isla Vista shooting. [Read Roger's Code Red minute-by-minute reports from Friday evening here.]

Official Report

May 24, 2014 11:10pm
Santa Barbara Sheriff Press Release

The Sheriff’s Office Releases Details of Shooting Rampage in IV.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deceased suspect who shot and killed six people and wounded 13 others in a shooting rampage that occurred on May 23 in Isla Vista. The suspect, who died from a gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted, is 22-year-old Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student from Woodland Hills who was living in Isla Vista. The Sheriff’s Office is reviewing a 140 page manifesto written by the suspect and videos he posted on YouTube prior to the shootings.

The Sheriff’s Office has also released the names of three UCSB students who were killed in the shooting rampage. They are 22-year-old Katherine Breann Cooper of Chino Hills, California, 19- year-old Veronika Elizabeth Weiss of Westlake Village, California and 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez of Los Osos, California. The names of three more victims who were found deceased in the suspect’s apartment are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. In addition to the seven fatalities, there were 13 people wounded. Four of those were apparently injured by the suspect’s vehicle, eight sustained gunshot wounds and one sustained a minor injury from an unknown origin. Of the seven people still hospitalized, one is in serious condition.

Investigators from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office along with allied agencies are working together to process and investigate this complex mass murder case which includes 12 crime scenes in ten different locations. So far investigators have been able to determine that Rodger murdered three victims at his apartment located in the 6500 block of Seville Road. The male victims were all found dead, apparently from multiple stab wounds.

After killing the three victims in his residence, the suspect went to the Alpha Phi sorority house located in the 800 block of Embarcadero Del Norte. Several women in the sorority reported hearing loud and aggressive knocking on the front door for several minutes. Fortunately, no one opened the door and the suspect left. Shortly afterwards, witnesses reported seeing three women shot by the suspect across the street. Two of the women, Katherine Cooper and Veronika Weiss died from their injuries. A third victim received several gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital.

Rodger then traveled to a nearby deli on Pardall Road. It appears he exited his vehicle and entered the deli where he shot and killed Christopher Michaels-Martinez. Sheriff’s deputies heard the shooting and responded to the scene. As they arrived the deputies witnessed the suspect, who they didn’t know at the time was the shooter, flee eastbound in his black BMW.

The suspect continued to the top of the loop where he fired multiple rounds at two people on the sidewalk. The suspect was driving on the wrong side of the road parallel to the sidewalk shooting from the driver’s window. He traveled onto eastbound Del Playa Drive where he brandished a handgun at a female victim. Rodger then turned his vehicle around and started driving westbound on Del Playa Drive. He shot at a lone Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the area by foot. The Sheriff’s deputy returned fire and Rodger drove off westbound on Del Playa.

As he traveled to the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive, Rodger struck and injured a bicyclist with his vehicle. He then continued westbound on Camino Del Sur. When he reached Camino Del Sur and Sabado Tarde he fired multiple shots at pedestrians. Three of them were struck by the suspect’s gunfire. He then traveled eastbound on Sabado Tarde where he shot another victim at the intersection of Camino Pescadero and Sabado Tarde.

The suspect continued driving eastbound and came into contact with four Sheriff’s deputies who were running across Acorn Park in response to the shootings. As the suspect accelerated past the deputies he fired at them. Three of the four Sheriff’s deputies returned fire, striking the vehicle and shooting the suspect in his left hip area.

Rodger turned south on El Embarcadero and then west on Del Playa Drive. Witnesses report he drove at a high rate of speed and struck another bicyclist. This victim was thrown onto the hood of Rodger’s car and caved in the windshield. The suspect’s vehicle then collided with several parked cars and came to a stop. Responding deputies immediately removed Rodger from the car and handcuffed him.

They discovered Rodger was dead with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Three 9mm semi-automatic handguns were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Two of the guns were Sig-Sauer P226 models, and one was a Glock 34 long-slide. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted the Sheriff’s Office in confirming that all of the weapons were legally purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers and were registered to the suspect. One weapon was purchased in Goleta, one in Oxnard and one in Burbank. All of the weapons were loaded. Rodger had in his possession 34 loaded ten round magazines for the Sig-Sauer pistol and 7 ten round magazines for the Glock pistol. Also recovered were five empty magazines for a Sig-Sauer pistol.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown praised the “resolute and heroic response by Sheriff’s deputies who raced to the scene and engaged in two separate gun battles with the suspect.” The Sheriff also said, “There is no telling how many other lives were saved as a result of their swift action.”

On behalf of all the men and women of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Brown extends condolences to all family members of those who were killed and wishes all those who were injured a quick and speedy recovery.

May 24, 2014 7:45 pm
Santa Barbara City College Update: Isla Vista Tragedy

As details of the Isla Vista tragedy continue to be released, it has now been confirmed by law enforcement that the assailant was named Elliot Rodger. According to our information, Rodger had registered at Santa Barbara City College at various times during the last three years but had either stopped attending or withdrew from all courses. Before that, in 2011, he completed three courses. The college has not located any record of discipline or other issues.

To our knowledge, none of the identified deceased victims were students at the college.

As previously reported, SBCC is working closely with UCSB to provide counseling and support to students. Services are available currently at UCSB for all students and will be offered at the SBCC campus beginning next week. We are also providing grief counseling for SBCC employees.

We express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families and for those who were injured during this extremely tragic and senseless incident.

Official Report

May 24, 2014 5:40pm
Santa Barbara Sheriff Press Conference

Sheriff Bill Brown confirms the shooter’s identity as Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger, born 7/24/91. A 22-year-old Eurasian male, student of Santa Barbara City College, who lived in an Isla Vista apartment.

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office has three previous documented contacts with Rodger.

The first in was on July 21, 2013 when the suspect was contacted at Cottage Hospital and treated for injuries, which he claimed to be victim of an assault. Isla Vista Foot Patrol documented incident but received information that Rodger may have been the aggressor. The case was suspended pending further information.

The second was on January 15, 2014 when Rodger contacted SBSO and accused one of his roommates for stealing 2 candles valued at $22. Rodger made a citizens arrest of the roommate who was booked and cited.

The third was on April 30, 2014 when SBSO contacted Rodger at his residence following a request to check on his welfare from a family member. Deputies found him to be polite and courteous while downplayed concerns. He expressed difficulty in his social life and the Deputies reviewed options and resources. Rodger also expressed that he would most likely not be returning to school here next year. They determined he did not meet criteria for an involuntary mental health hold and cleared the call.

Santa Barbara Sheriffs identified 10 separate locations where criminal activity took place. These locations are identified below:

1. Rodger murdered 3 victims within his residence in the 6500 block of Seville, prior to shooting rampage. Three male victims appear to have been repeatedly stabbed. Sheriffs are still in the process of positively identifying the victims and notifying next of kin.

2. Beginning the shooting rampage, Rodger arrived at the Alpha Phi sorority house in the 800 block of Embarcadero del Norte. Several members of the sorority heard loud and aggressive knocking at the front door. They did not open the door and shortly after witnessed 3 young women who were shot outside by Rodgers from across the street. Two females died and one is alive. The two killed were Katie Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19, both UCSB students. The 3rd victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

3. The suspect then traveled to IV Deli on Pardall Road. He exited his vehicle, entered deli, and shot and killed Christopher Ross Michael- Martinez, 20, a UCSB student. Isla Vista Foot Patrol heard shooting and responded. As they arrived on scene they witnessed the suspect fleeing eastbound in a black BMW.

4. Suspect continued to the top of loop and fired multiple rounds at 2 people on the sidewalk. He Drove on wrong side of road and was parallel to sidewalk then continued forward to Del Playa.

5. Suspect brandished a handgun at a female and fired additional rounds, he then turned his vehicle around and traveled westbound on Del Playa. A lone deputy on foot was taken under fire by the suspect.

6. Suspect then drove off and traveled to 6600 Del Playa where he struck and injured a bicyclist and continued to Camino del Sur.

7. At the intersection of Camino del Sur and Sabado Tarde the suspect fired multiple shots at pedestrians in the area. 3 were struck and the suspect traveled east.

8. Arrived at the intersection of Camino Pescadero and Sabado Tarde.

9. Suspect then came into contact with 4 Sheriff Deputies who were running across Acorn Park. Suspect accelerated past deputies and fired at them. The Deputies returned fire and struck the car and suspect in the hip.

10. Suspect returned to Del Playa, accelerating his vehicle at a high rate of speed and hit another bicyclist. The bicyclist hit the hood of the car and crashed into the window. The vehicle hit parked cars and came to a stop. Responding Deputies removed the suspect and handcuffed him. The suspect was already dead with a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

In total there were 7 fatalities and 13 additional people injured. 4 were hit by the vehicle, 8 with gunshot wounds, and 1 minor injury of unknown origin. Three 9mm semi automatic guns were recovered from the vehicle. One was a Glock 34 long slide, 2 were sig sauer. All of these weapons were legally purchased at licensed shops and all registered to suspect. One firearm was purchased in Goleta, one in Oxnard, and one in Burbank. The suspect had 34 loaded 10 round magazines for the sig sauer and 7 loaded 10 round magazines for the Glock. All three weapons were purchased prior to contact with SBSO. When a firearm is purchased there is a background check , but if the person has not been institutionalized or on a hold, that info is not disqualifying for someone purchasing a firearm legally, said Sheriff Brown.

The investigation is continuing and more information should be expected in the next day or two.

Dr. Stephen Kaminski, the Trauma Director for Cottage Health System and Cottage Hospital
4 patients were treated and released at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital last night and this morning. 7 injured victims were transferred to the trauma center at Cottage in Santa Barbara. Of those 7, 2 are in good condition, 3 in fair condition, and 2 in serious condition. Dr. Kaminski could not provide further info due to HIPPA.

Sheriff Bill Brown returned to the podium again to answer questions from the media. First he commended the actions taken in response to this case from men and women in law enforcement. “I am exceedingly proud of the response and heroic manner in which my deputies engaged this homicidal suspect in two separate gun battles… I have no doubt if they had not done that, there would have been further loss of life.”

Sheriff Brown explained that they became aware of the Youtube videos and manifesto very quickly Friday night. The three victims in Rodger’s apartment appear to have been mentioned in the manifesto where he laid out his plans. “They were stabbed repeatedly… it was a pretty horrific crime scene,” said Sheriff Brown. “… It’s very apparent of the severe extent of how disturbed Mr. Rodger was… the video posted prior to attack is a particular chilling one.”

One reporter asked if Sheriff Brown had any regrets or hindsight about not investigating Rodgers earlier during the welfare check. “I’m not going to go back and play Monday morning quarterback at this point… you gotta understand this is a fairly routine call, common place… I’m not going to second guess them at this point,” said Sheriff Brown.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office are looking at any and all evidence. They have interviewed a huge number of witnesses and there are probably still more they have yet to be in contact with. If anyone is privy to information on this case or witnessed anything please contact the Sheriff’s Office.

May 24, 2014 5:00pm

KEYT will be reporting live from the press conference taking place at 5:15pm. You can watch the live feed at KEYT.com or turn to Channel 3 News.

Unofficial Report
May 24, 2014 3:50pm

So far three victims have been unofficially named by several media outlets. The Daily Nexus reported via twitter that one victim has been confirmed by family and friends as Veronika Weiss. CNN identified another victim as Christopher Ross Martinez as they showed live video feed of his father giving a statement outside the Sheriff's Department. The Daily Mail has identified Katie Cooper as another victim. Weiss and Cooper are believed to be both sisters at the Delta Delta Delta Greek organization. Again, these are unofficial and have not yet been confirmed or released by authorities.

Veronika Weiss (pictured left) and Katie Cooper (pictured top right)
[Source: Facebook]

Unofficial Report
May 24, 2014 2:50pm

KEYT's Victoria Sanchez is reporting on her twitter page that 3 bodies were pulled from an apartment on the 6500 block Seville Rd. Read more at KEYT.com

Unofficial Report

ED NOTE (May 24, 2014 10:00am)
As of 10:00am Saturday morning we have yet to receive an official word about the identity of the shooter. However, as reported earlier, several subscribers and now local and national media is reporting that they believe the shooter to be Elliot Rodger. Again, these are unofficial reports. Elliot Rodger's Facebook page includes photos of a Black BMW with the same license plate as the one at the scene of the crime. As reported earlier, a youtube video has also been associated with the shooting.

Unofficial Report

ED NOTE (May 24, 2014 8:30am):
Edhat has been receiving many emails about possible video footage of the shooter. We do not have an official word of who the gunman was, therefore these reports are unofficial. For those interested in viewing, here is the link to youtube where the video can be viewed. Again, we have no official confirmation of this being the actual shooter or of this video being relevant to the incident, but several edhat subscribers have sent this in as a possibility and other news reporters have referred to this video.

Official Report

May 24, 2014 7:00am
The Sheriff's Department will have a press conference today at 4.00 PM. Mental Health counselors were activated last night as a resource. The investigation continues by the Sheriff's Department.

Official Report

May 24, 2014 4:30am
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office

Seven people are dead, including a suspect, and seven people are wounded following a series of shootings in Isla Vista. The identities of those who were killed are not being released until next of kin notifications are made. Of the seven people in the hospital, all are being treated for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries and at least one of the victims has undergone surgery.

The deceased subject has been preliminarily identified but his name is not being released until a positive identification is made. It appears the suspect acted alone. The Sheriff's Office has obtained and is currently analyzing written and video evidence that suggests this was a pre-meditated mass murder.

The shootings began at approximately 9:27 p.m. on May 23 when reports of shots fired in the Isla Vista area were called in to the Santa Barbara County Emergency Communications Center. Sheriff's deputies responded and found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

As Sheriff's deputies were attending to the victims and performing first aid, they were also receiving suspect information. Only minutes later, there were additional reports of shots fired in several other areas of Isla Vista. During this initial stage, a suspect vehicle description was broadcast to law enforcement in the area.

At approximately 9:33 p.m., six minutes after the initial call was received, the suspect engaged a group of responding deputies with gunfire. The deputies returned fire and the suspect fled in his vehicle. Seconds later the suspect was again spotted by another deputy and another exchange of gunfire occurred. The suspect fled down Del Playa Drive and eventually crashed into a parked vehicle.

The deputies approached the vehicle and determined the suspect was dead from an apparent gunshot wound. At this point, it is unknown if the gunshot was self-inflicted or if the suspect was shot by a deputy. A semi-automatic handgun was recovered in the vehicle.

This is a very active and complex investigation involving approximately nine different crime scenes. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the UCSB Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Barbara Police Department, investigators from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, California State Parks and criminalists from the Department of Justice crime lab.

We in the process of interviewing a large number of witnesses and ask for the public's assistance in locating others. Anyone who witnessed any part of this crime or has information about it is asked to call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 805-681-4171.


Photos provided by John Palminteri

Below photos by Zack Warburg, view all photos here.

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