7 Dead in Drive-By Shootings in Santa Barbara
7 others injured near campus; one suspect among dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2014 6:12 AM CDT
In this image provided by KEYT-TV, a body is covered on the ground after a mass shooting near the campus of the UC Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, Calif.   (AP Photo/KEYT, John Palminteri)

(Newser) – Police say seven people are dead and another seven injured after a series of drive-by shootings near UC Santa Barbara last night, reports KEYT-TV. Police are still unraveling what happened during the 10-minute rampage in the Isla Vista neighborhood, but they say the suspect is among the dead. Witnesses reported seeing a black BMW speeding around spraying bullets at multiple locations, beginning about 9:30pm, reports AP. The Santa Barbara County sheriff said the driver exchanged fire with deputies before crashing into a parked car, and was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. It wasn't clear whether it was self-inflicted.

"This was a premeditated mass murder," says Sheriff Bill Brown. Police have identified the suspect but haven't made the name public yet, and it might take a while to sort through all the conflicting reports. Multiple witnesses, for example, say they saw two people in the BMW. "It was chaotic and there's a lot of rumors flying around," one witness tells the LA Times. "It was so strange; afterwards there was still people outside riding their bikes. One guy was doing his homework."

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Liberalismiscancer
May 24, 2014 9:34 PM CDT
Hmmmm.........Gun control doesn't appear to be working very well in California. Quick Libs! Pass 10,000 more useless laws........That should do it..........
Scott603
May 24, 2014 8:54 PM CDT
Right now the US has the most guns per capita in the world, the most prisoners per capita, yet we still have cities like New Orleans with murder rates that skyrocket over any city in Europe or Asia. Clearly the solution is a whole lot more guns and a whole lot more prisons.
ddhartma
May 24, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
He wasn't even using one of the much dreaded black rifles (AR or AK).