Deadly California rampage: Chilling video, but no match for reality


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Man with three handguns and a car killed 6, injured 13, authorities said

"Tomorrow is the day of retribution," Elliot Rodger said in a video

Rampage occurred near the University of California, Santa Barbara

"He aimed his car at our group of friends and gunned it into us," victim says

Isla Vista, California CNN —  

After promising a “day of retribution” on YouTube, a heavily armed, mentally disturbed 22-year-old went on a killing spree in a California college town, authorities said.

He fatally stabbed three men in his residence, shot two women to death in front of a sorority house, shot a man to death inside a deli, exchanged gunfire twice with police and injured 13 people as he drove from block to block, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office said Saturday night.

Unused ammo

Inside the car, police found three handguns – all legally purchased – and more than 400 rounds of unused ammunition, Brown said at a Saturday evening press conference.

The suspect formerly was a student at Santa Barbara City College and lived in Isla Vista, where the rampage occurred.

His father, Peter Rodger, works in the film industry and was the second unit assistant director on the first “The Hunger Games” film, according to a spokeswoman for Lionsgate.

The younger Rodger apparently telegraphed his intentions. The day before the rampage, he released a YouTube video entitled “Retribution,” in which he rants about women who ignored or rejected him over the past eight years, “since I hit puberty.”

“Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge,” he says on the video. “You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it.” He specifically criticized sorority members.

Rodger appears to have further chronicled his rage in a 140-page account of his life that begins with his birth and ends with what he describes as “the Day of Retribution.” The document, titled “My Twisted World,” was obtained by CNN affiliate KEYT.

“It was apparent he was very mentally disturbed,” Brown said.

Transcript of the chilling video

So disturbed that a family member asked law enforcement officers to check on his welfare April 30, Brown said. They went to his residence, found Rodger “polite and courteous,” and left, Brown said.

The rampage left six dead and 13 hurt, with eight suffering gunshot wounds, four hit by the suspect’s vehicle and one suffering a minor injury “of unknown origin,” Brown said.

At the press conference, Dr. Stephen Kaminski, trauma services director for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, gave this account of 11 of the wounded: four treated and released, and seven transferred to Cottage Hospital. Of those seven, two were in good condition, three fair and two serious, he said.

Brown provided this sequence to the violence, which occurred in a crowded area bustling with activity on Memorial Day weekend. The action covered so much ground that officers worked 12 different crime scenes.

Spree apparently began with stabbings

First, three men were “repeatedly stabbed” and killed inside Rodger’s residence. They weren’t identified.