Cops: Video Promising 'Slaughter' Likely Tied to Shooting

Santa Barbara police analyzing post before rampage

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 24, 2014 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police say a video made by a 22-year-old man vowing to kill as many people as he can "appears to be connected" to last night's deadly shooting spree near UC Santa Barbara, reports the LA Times. In the video, titled "Elliot Rodger's Retribution Video," the student at Santa Barbara City College complains of a life of loneliness and "unfulfilled desires" because women have always rejected him, reports the Santa Barbara Independent. He vows to get his revenge by entering a sorority and killing everyone he sees, and then killing civilians on the streets of Isla Vista. The Independent says the license plate of the crashed car in last night's rampage matches one on Rodger's Facebook page.

The gunman killed six people and wounded seven others before exchanging fire with deputies and crashing. He was found dead inside his car with a gunshot to the head, though it's still unclear whether it was self-inflicted. The six-minute video is chilling. “I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you," says the man identified as Rodger, sitting in his car at the time. "You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male." Sheriff Bill Brown hasn't confirmed the suspect's identity but has described him as "severely mentally disturbed."

A screenshot from the video made by Elliot Rodger.
A screenshot from the video made by Elliot Rodger.   (YouTube)
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The video being analyzed by police.   (YouTube)

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