Published On: May 24 2014 12:46:53 PM CDTUpdated On: May 27 2014 08:31:43 AM CDT
The University of California, Santa Barbara, is trying to come to grips with Friday night's deadly rampage in the community of Isla Vista. A man fatally stabbed three other men in his apartment and then sprayed bullets from a slow-moving car, killing three. He then crashed his car and fatally shot himself.
The suspected gunman was identified as Elliot Rodger, 22. Rodger's parents received a chilling manifesto from their son Friday night shortly before the shooting, then alerted police and were driving to Santa Barbara to try to find Rodger when they heard news of the rampage.
The manifesto is a lengthy chronicle detailing Rodger's frustrations with his height, his parents' divorce and rejection by women. After receiving the manifesto, his mother found a YouTube video he posted Friday that gave more details of the planned shootings.
The 137-page manifesto indicated Rodger had been planning the rampage for several years.
One of the victims was Christopher Martinez, 20, who was shopping at a deli when he was shot. His father gave an emotional statement to media outlets on Saturday. Richard Martinez said his son's "death has left our family lost and broken." "When will this insanity stop?" he asked. "When will enough people say stop this madness, we don't have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves -- not one more."
Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19, both students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, were also killed, police said. Here, flowers lay in front of the Alpha Phi sorority in Isla Vista, California, where the girls were shot.
Weiss, pictured, and Cooper were both members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
A detective leaves the apartment where Isla Vista rampage suspect Elliot Roger lived. The 22-year-old former Santa Barbara City College student fatally stabbed three young men in his own apartment -- George Chen, 19, Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and Weihan Wang, 20.
Flowers hang in the bullet holes at the I. V. Deli Mart after the shooting in Isla Vista, California.
The UCSB community was still trying to come to grips with the shooting days later. The university declared Tuesday to be a formal day of mourning, with a memorial service set for the afternoon.
A vigil is held at Stroke Plaza on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The rampage ended when Rodger slammed into a parked vehicle and apparently shot himself in the head, police said.
Seven people also were treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.
The shootings occurred in Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a crowded area bustling with activity on Memorial Day weekend.
The violence began and ended within minutes, from 9:27 p.m. when shots were reported to around 10 minutes later when police discovered the body of the suspected gunman, CNN affiliate KEYT-TV said. Authorities said there were nine separate crime scenes.
Rodger's mother came across his YouTube videos in April after she hadn't heard from Rodger in a few days, a family friend said. She called one of his therapists, who then called a Santa Barbara mental health hotline. A woman on the hotline called police to check on him.
Six policemen showed up at Rodger's house in Isla Vista on April 30, but they found nothing alarming.
But in his manifesto, Rodger wrote: "As soon as I saw those cops, the biggest fear I had ever felt in my life overcame me. I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it." The police left after he "tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding."