The drive-by shooting rampage that rocked Santa Barbara, California Friday night may have been a premeditated mass murder, ABC reports Sheriff Bill Brown as saying, and the suspected shooter may have left behind video detailing murderous intentions.
The Friday night shooting left at least seven dead, local authorities said, including the suspected shooter. Seven more were wounded.
Local newspaper the Santa Barbara Independent is reporting that the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department is reviewing as evidence a YouTube video in which 22-year-old Elliot Rodger declares his intention to “slay” residents of Isla Vista, the college neighborhood adjacent to Santa Barbara.
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Rodger declares that the video will be his last, and laments a life of loneliness.
“Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me,” he says.
“All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes,” Rodger says to the camera.
Rodger then promises violence.
“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you,” he says. “You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one the true alpha male.”
“After I’ve annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there.”
“If I can’t have you, girls, I will destroy you.”
Speculation on the Internet suggests Rodger may be the son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger and stepson of Soumaya Akaaboune (from the cast of TV show ‘Les Vraies Housewives’).
Such speculation appears to be supported from photos on a Facebook page appearing to belong to him. The photos show him at a Hunger Games premiere with a man who appears to be Peter Rodger.
TheBlaze has reached out to the Rodger family for comment.
The original video was posted to YouTube Friday and was removed midday Saturday. This story has been updated with a version of the video via LiveLeak. TheBlaze’s Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.
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