Elliot Rodger’s killing spree: What happened

Police were examining this video posted on YouTube in which a man who identifies himself as Elliot Rodger says he is planning an attack in Isla Vista because he had been snubbed by women. Editor's note: This video contains footage that some may find disturbing. (YouTube)

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown provided this account of Elliot Rodger’s killing spree. Police received the first reports of gunfire at 9:27 p.m.

●Rodger killed three men in his apartment residence, stabbing each repeatedly with sharp objects.

●He then drove his black BMW to the Alpha Phi sorority house. He knocked loudly and aggressively on the front door for two minutes. Nobody opened the door. Rodger walked across the street and opened fire on three young women walking by the house. Two were killed: Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19, both students at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The third woman, whom authorities have not identified, was alive after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

●Rodger then drove past the nearby I.V. Deli Mart, where he shot and killed Christopher Michael-Martinez, also a UCSB student. Foot-patrol deputies responded and witnessed Rodger fleeing in his BMW.

●As he drove through town, Rodger fired multiple rounds at two people on the sidewalk.

●Rodger brandished a handgun at a woman and fired multiple rounds. He then fired at sheriff’s deputies responding on foot, and they fired back at Rodger.

●Driving through town, Rodger struck and injured a bicyclist.

●Still driving, Rodger fired multiple shots at pedestrians, striking three people on one block.

●Rodger continued firing at people as he turned into a new block.

●Four sheriff’s deputies ran across a park to catch up with Rodger. Rodger accelerated past them in his BMW and fired at them. Three deputies returned fire and shot Rodger near his left hip. Rodger continued driving at a high rate of speed, striking another bicyclist, who struck the front windshield of Rodger’s car.

●Rodger collided with another vehicle and stopped his rampage. By the time deputies removed him from his car and placed handcuffs on his wrists, Rodger was dead. He had a gunshot wound to his head, which authorities believe was self-inflicted.

— Philip Rucker


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