UCSB Shooter Is From Woodland Hills

Eliot Rodger has been identified by the UCSB newspaper, the Daily Nexus, and the Santa Barbara Independent as the man who killed six people in a shooting spree.

Elliot Rodger. Facebook photo.
Elliot Rodger. Facebook photo.

Originally posted at 9:37 a.m. May 24, 2014. Edited to add new video.

Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old Woodland Hills native, identified himself on the Internet as a man with a plan to kill female college students at UC Santa Barbara because he was lonely.

Rodger has been identified by the UCSB newspaper, the Daily Nexus, and the Santa Barbara Independent as the man who killed six people in a shooting spree and gunbattle Friday night. He was found dead in his car, possibly by suicide, following a six-minute shooting spree in Isla Vista, a predominately-student neighborhood next to the UCSB campus.

"Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience," said the first paragraph in a blog called "Elliot Rodger's Official Blog."

"As I've said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends.

"I wish girls were attracted to me, I don't know why they aren't."

In a YouTube video apparently posted by Rodger on Friday, he calmly sat in the driver's seat of a car and detailed plans to "slaughter" "the hottest sorority girls" at UCSB.

Rodger said on his blog he was born in Britain and raised in Calabasas and Woodland Hills, and was living in Isla Vista, 95 miles west of Los Angeles.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said investigators had the gunman's name, but were not releasing it. Rodger's name surfaced in the Santa Barbara newspapers several hours after the shooting, attributed to eyewitnesses.

Six people were killed, plus the suspected gunman, and seven others wounded, Brown said, when shooting broke out just before 9:30 p.m. Friday. One of the injured persons was in surgery and listed in critical condition, but was expected to survive, the sheriff said.

Deputies have not said if the gunman was killed in the gunfight or took his life.

In the video, shot at sunset, Rodger looked into a camera on his dashboard, and pronounced his plans in a dramatic, deliberate tone.

"I'll take to the streets of Isla Vista, and slay every single person I see there, all those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I've had to rot in loneliness, they all looked down at me as I tried to join them, they all treated me like a mouse, but now, I will be a god compared to you."

Rodger's father, Peter Rodgers, is a Los Angeles resident and works in the film industry and as a photographer, according to his web site. The family had originally lived in Britain, and London newspapers report they have been told the young man was receiving treatment for mental health issues.

Quoting an unnamed family attorney, The Express said the mother had called police when she discovered her son had posted a "disturbing" YouTube video in the past.

--City News Service

Isken Kutlucinar May 25, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Can't even say died like a dog, I love animals. One less is good!
GasMeUp May 25, 2014 at 03:53 PM
"treatment"? uh, including prescribed medications (of course?) ? names of meds, dosages, and time period(s)?
Rogers May 25, 2014 at 05:54 PM
I feel so sorry for this tormented young man. He was "out of his mind" not in it or he would not have done such an incomprehensible thing. How could we as a society have helped him? I imagine, right or wrong, what it was like to live in this young man's mind. Tormented, deranged, lost and hopeless.....we cannot wire our minds, only god or whoever or whatever you believe in can do that. This young mans brain was wired in a way that he could have no control over. I mourn for the lives of the young who were taken away from us too young, the parents who can never predicted this loss and yet still have to endure the rest of their lives wondering how they could have prevented this, the mother and father of this young boy who helplessly contacted police when they knew not all was right. How I wish we could go back a few days and put a hand a this young mans shoulder and convince him that there were alternatives to the ultimate disaster he created. Just all around so sad.
Dee Baucher May 26, 2014 at 01:34 PM
The young man was tormented. But his family was also. They struggled to provide him with some "normalcy", and to give him a chance to find acceptance in a world he could not acclimate to. Very sad. They obviously tried to warn the authorities in Santa Barbara.....but their concerns fell on deaf ears. Families struggling with mentally disabled kids....nothing new in this country. The law enforcement/mental health system in a college community should work better, since young adults in college or the military are at such a precarious stage of brain development.


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