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article imageGunman who shot 6 people in Calif. was under psychiatric care

By Karen Graham     May 24, 2014 in Crime
A gunman killed at least six people and wounded an additional seven more in a series of drive-by shootings late Friday night in the California college town of Santa Barbara. The gunman, now dead, was being treated by multiple therapists.
The shootings broke out around 9:30 p.m. Friday night in the Isla Vista neighborhood, not far from the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. One of the victims is reported to be someone who was riding a bicycle and was run down by the gunman.
Law enforcement authorities are looking into a possible link in an apparent YouTube video called "Elliot Rodger's Retribution," of a young man complaining of repeated rejection by women and threatening to take revenge.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a news conference, "This incident appears to be a mass murder situation. It's obviously the work of a madman." Brown went on to say there were nine separate crime scenes spread all through the Isla Vista area. When asked about the video, Brown called it "evidence that we believe is connected to this crime."
Near the end of the crime spree, sheriff's deputies gave chase, exchanging gunfire with the suspect who crashed the BMW he was driving. The suspect, identified later as Elliott Rodger, according to the BBC, was found dead apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The BBC is reporting that the parents of the alleged gunman say he is indeed, Elliott Rodger, and he has been under psychiatric care. The boy's father confirmed through a lawyer that the 22-year-old was "being treated by multiple therapists and was a student at a community college in Santa Barbara."
The video was removed from YouTube on Saturday, but can be found elsewhere online. In the video, the young man identifies himself as Elliott Rodger, and says : "Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge against humanity."
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