A shooter went on a rampage Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. Here are five things to know about the attack:
Gunfire began pouring out of a black BMW around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the tiny community of Isla Vista, next to the university. By the end of the night, seven people were killed in all, including the gunman. Witnesses reported hearing a barrage of gunfire, and one told a TV station that the gunman flashed his weapon at her moments before she felt bullets whizzing by her head. The shooter was involved in two gunbattles with police before he crashed his car. He was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. It's unclear if he committed suicide or was killed by police.
WHO WAS THE SHOOTER?
The family of Elliot Rodger, 22, believes he was the man who went on the shooting rampage, Alan Shifman, an attorney for Rodger's father, Peter, said Saturday. "The Rodger family offers their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy. We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain, and our hearts go out to everybody involved," Shifman said. Peter Rodger was an assistant director on "The Hunger Games."
Law-enforcement officers have not identified Rodger as the suspect, however.
WHAT ABOUT THE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
There remain many unanswered questions about a seven-minute-long YouTube video in which a man outlines his plans for violent revenge because of repeated rejection from women. Police are analyzing the video as part of their investigation, but the identity of the person who made it couldn't be independently confirmed. In it, the man sits in the driver's seat of a car and threatens to kill sorority girls and people on the streets of Isla Vista. He said college has been a "torturous" experience for him and said at the age of 22 he had never kissed a girl and was a virgin. Shifman said the family called police several weeks ago after they were alarmed by YouTube videos about suicide and murders. It's unclear whether the videos are related.
WHO WAS KILLED AND INJURED?
Authorities have not identified those who were killed. In a statement, the University of California, Santa Barbara said it's "shocked and saddened" by the shootings. The university said several students were shot and taken to the hospital.
WHO IS INVESTIGATING?
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation. "It's obviously the work of a madman," Sheriff Bill Brown said.