7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A drive-by shooter went on a
nighttime rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven
people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded,
authorities said Saturday.
The gunman got into two gun battles
with deputies Friday night in the beachside community of Isla Vista
before crashing his black BMW into a parked car, Santa Barbara County
Sheriff Bill Brown said.
Deputies found him dead with a gunshot
wound to the head, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was killed
by gunfire or if he committed suicide, he said.
A semi-automatic
handgun was recovered from the scene near the University of California,
Santa Barbara. Investigators know the gunman’s name, but Brown said he
couldn’t release it pending notification of relatives.
"We’re
analyzing both written and videotaped evidence that suggests that this
atrocity was a premeditated mass murder," Brown said.
A disturbing
YouTube video posted that shows a young man describing plans to shoot
women appears to be connected to the attack, police said. Officials
would not say whether the person in the video was a suspect in the
shooting.
In the video, posted Friday, the man sits in a black car
and looks at the camera, laughing often, and says he is going to take
his revenge against humanity. He describes loneliness and frustration
because "girls have never been attracted to me," and says, at age 22, he
is still a virgin. The video, which is almost seven minutes long,
appears scripted.
The identity of the person in the video could not be
independently confirmed.
The shootings started around 9:30 p.m. in
Isla Vista, a roughly half-square mile community next to UC Santa
Barbara’s campus and picturesque beachside cliffs.
Alexander
Mattera, 23, said his friend Chris Johnson, was walking out of an improv
comedy show when he was shot in front of a popular pizza place. He
stumbled into a nearby house.
"He walked into these random guys’ house bleeding," he said.
Mattera
was sitting at a bonfire with friends when at least one gunshot whizzed
overhead. The friends ran for cover when they heard the barrage of
gunfire.
"We heard so many gunshots, it was unbelievable. I
thought they were firecrackers. There had to have been at least like two
guns. There were a lot of shots," he said.
The shootings occurred at several sites, resulting in nine crime scenes, police said.
A
visibly shaken student told the station she was approached by the
driver of a black BMW who flashed a handgun and asked "Hey, what’s up?"
The student, who didn’t provide her full name, said she thought he was
carrying an airsoft gun and kept walking. She said seconds later, she
felt something buzz by her head and quickly realized they were bullets.
Kathrin
Schirazi Rad got a call from her 21-year-old son, Adrian Timothy
Petersson, who told her in a shaky voice that he had been knocked off
his skateboard by a BMW being chased by police about 9 p.m. Friday. He
hurt his shoulder, but he went home after being checked by first
responders to the scene.
"He was in shock," said Rad, who lives in
Sweden. "He saw some plastic bags and said somebody must have died. He
couldn’t confirm anything, he was pretty shaken up. It was so many
things happening at the same time."
The victims’ identities were
not immediately released. The injured were being treated for gunshot
wounds and traumatic injuries, including at least one person who
underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries, Brown said.
Isla
Vista has a reputation for excessive partying. Last month, an annual
spring bash spiraled into violence as young people clashed with police
and tossed rocks and bottles. A university police officer and four
deputies were injured and 130 people were arrested.
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Dillon reported from Goleta, Calif., and Watson reported from San Diego.