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California Student Kills 6 People, Then Himself

The vehicle of the alleged shooter is pictured at one of crime scenes after a series of drive-by shootings in the Isla Vista section of Santa Barbara May 24, 2014.
The vehicle of the alleged shooter is pictured at one of crime scenes after a series of drive-by shootings in the Isla Vista section of Santa Barbara May 24, 2014.
Kent Klein
The son of a Hollywood director methodically killed six people in three locations late Friday night in the western U.S. state of California, and then apparently killed himself.

Police say Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old son of an assistant director on The Hunger Games, began his killing rampage at his apartment near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he stabbed three men to death.

He then gunned down two women outside a sorority before killing a man outside a delicatessen.

Police say Rodger, who was a Santa Barbara City College student, then got in his car and opened fire on pedestrians.  Thirteen people were wounded in the drive-by shooting frenzy.

Police say Rodger was found dead in his car with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Authorities say his killing spree was foreshadowed in a chilling Internet video in which he said he would slaughter all the people who had wronged him. He had also written a lengthy statement on his Facebook page describing himself as an outcast, frustrated by his inability to have relationships with women.  He said would start his plan of vengeance by killing as many people as he could by luring them to his apartment.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bob Brown described the slayings as "the work of a mad man."

Deputies found three semi-automatic handguns and dozens of rounds of unused ammunition in Rodger's car.  Officials say all were legally purchased.  

Brown said police deputies went to Rodger's apartment last month to check on him at the request of his family. The deputies reported that Rodger was shy and polite, but was having a difficult social life.

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by: G Wells from: Wilmington
May 27, 2014 11:05 AM
Children are NOT born to be killers. It is a learned behavior. We can blame the government, we can blame guns, we can blame bullying, but I personally blame the individuals who God entrusted that (once) beautiful innocent life.

When a mom chooses her career over her children, when a dad chooses overtime at work rather than spending time with his child, when parents choose drugging their kids over hugging their kids, when we allow our public schools and even our churches to instill values in our kids because we are too busy climbing the social ladder....that's a problem.

Our politicians are corrupt, our schools are corrupt, our system is corrupt. But above all, our families are corrupt. In general, parents have failed to equip their children with the most basic values; Teaching our children kindness, generosity, patience...These are not values that they are born with. They must be instilled in our children; They must be taught to them by being the example, not just speaking it, & when they are not, our children grow up to be mean, selfish and heartless. We are all experiencing the result of complacency...complacency in the home.

Investing in our children's' spirits is the wisest choice
Deuteronomy 11:16-21
God said: "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."

by: Carina from: Houston
May 26, 2014 9:21 PM
I think parent need to focus on their children because this is life we are facing a lot on this world. I feel sorry for the parent that lost their family.

by: Shazlan
May 26, 2014 8:13 AM
The real terrorist
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by: Harry Samuel from: Atlanta, GA
May 26, 2014 11:26 PM
This not a gun issue. This is to much money, and no one really listening, from the video he left this was one person who should have been reported by his doctor as a danger to himself and others. But when you have money no one wants to end the money coming in. Look at Michael Jackson, his doctor was breaking how many laws? Time to put another doctor in jail.

by: Alfredo from: Orlando
May 26, 2014 5:12 AM
The reality is more complex than that shown by the facts.

This I incident may happened with a garden, scissors, machete, knife, acid, etc. The problem isn't the resource to kill, it can be used a knife to spread butter or to kill somebody. The problem is how to use the tools.

I saw the videos of the murderous and we can see a person with superficial values of life, not respect for the people a light concept of sexuality and he did not show respect any knowledge about the love.

My worries are that "It does exist people short of view" to believe the problem are guns right or having guns. Is a serious distortion of the truth and reality.

Is important that community leader and media to clear: "The problem isn't the resource, the problem are the minds. The criminal mind is not less criminal for not having a firearm.

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by: Michael from: CA
May 27, 2014 1:05 AM
Then please tell me how you can kill 7 people and injury a dozen more with a butter knife or scissors.

by: mr. myo from: myanmar
May 25, 2014 11:42 PM
correct " the work of a mad man " .

by: jr from: br
May 25, 2014 8:05 PM
unhappily that occurs in any place of the world And that won't be the last one.

by: Samantha O from: mpls, mn
May 25, 2014 2:36 PM
Is there any word on what was his final stressor that made him snap? Is there any history of violent crime in his background? And mental illness in his family?

by: UK
May 25, 2014 2:12 PM
And this is why gun shouldn't be legal in any country because lunatics get crazy ideas like this man and go on a killing spree when they feel wronged by someone and then you get people on here feeling sorry for the murderer because he may or may not of had a mental issue either way people will try to diagnose it as a mental problem when more than likely he just wanted to kill people for fun
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by: Rd from: US
May 27, 2014 10:06 AM
You would also outlaw knives since he killed the first three men by stabbing.

by: Anonymous
May 25, 2014 1:20 PM
Its so sad individuals who have mental issues as this person had always need to kill or hurt people who have never crossed paths with him couldnt his parents see he needed help im not blaming they suffer too but clearly there had to be an indication and when lord are we going to have some gun control my heart goes out to the injured and rest in peace to the deceased

by: Issa Barry from: conakry
May 25, 2014 11:31 AM
By wanting to be too safe everybody is unsafe in the US.Originally, people were allowed to carry firearms to be able to protect themselves in time of need.But has been that instead of worrying about protecting themseves when it is necessary, they'are having fun killing innocent people.How come a college boy of his age class unable to get along well with women?That is an alibi.The police should find the real reason behind this mass murder.Brothers and sisters, you can see for yourseves that president Obama is right when he says the right to carry firearms shoulw not be extended.All my condolences to America for these additional losses of lives.And to the pitiful murderer, i'm afraid that your weakness here on earth will be a very load on your shoulder before God hereafter.Once America should that more weapons more killings.May God protect the innocent!
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