‘Chaotic,’ ‘Convoluted Incident’ in Isla Vista Left 12 Crime Scenes: Sheriff

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A shooting rampage that began after three people were stabbed to death at the alleged attacker’s residence in Isla Vista occurred in 10 different locations with at least 12 crime scenes, authorities said Saturday.


Multiple people were shot, stabbed and struck by a vehicle driven by the alleged attacker on May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara Sheriff and Coroner Bill Brown said at a news conference. (Credit: CNN)

A lonely and “severely mentally disturbed” Elliot Rodger, 22, was identified as the gunman in Friday night’s attack that left seven dead and 13 others injured; four by the suspect’s vehicle, eight from gunshot wounds and one person sustained a minor injury of unknown origin, Santa Barbara County Sheriff and Coroner Bill Brown said.

“This was a chaotic, rapidly unfolding and convoluted incident that involved multiple crime scenes,” Brown said.

Rodger died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after two shoot-outs with deputies, who responded to the first crime scene around 9:30 p.m.

Brown described the 10 crime scenes during a Saturday news conference. The Los Angeles Times chronologically mapped the events.


A shooting spree and stabbing incident in Isla Vista on May 23, 2014, occurred in 10 different locations. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

1. Rodger was suspected of first stabbing three victims inside his residence in the 6500 block of Seville Road (map).

“The three male victims were apparently repeatedly stabbed with sharp objects. It was a pretty horrific crime scene,” Brown said.

The victims had not been identified as of Saturday.

2. The first location in the shooting spree was at the University of California, Santa Barbara Alpha Phi sorority house in the 800 block of Embarcadero del Norte (map).

“Several members of this sorority reported hearing loud and aggressive knocking at the front door, which lasted for one to two minutes. Fortunately no one opened the door and shortly afterward witnesses reported seeing three young women who were standing outside in the vicinity shot by the suspect from across the street,” Brown said.


Three UCSB students were shot and killed during a May 23, 2014, rampage. (Credit: Social media, CNN)

Two victims died, and were later identified by the Sheriff’s Office as 19-year-old Veronika Weiss and 22-year-old Katie Cooper.

3. The gunman then drove in a black BMW to a nearby delicatessen on Pardall Road, exited his vehicle and shot and killed 20-year-old Christopher Michael-Martinez.

4. Several blocks away the shooter fired multiple rounds at two pedestrians before continuing to drive southbound on Embarcadero del Road.

5. The suspect then brandished a handgun at a female victim on Del Playa Drive and shot multiple rounds at a sheriff’s deputy who responded to the incident on foot and returned fire.

6. The gunman’s vehicle struck and injured a bicyclist on Del Playa Drive before turning onto Camino del Sur.

7. Three people were struck by gunfire when multiple rounds were shot near Camino del Sur and Sabado Tarde Road.

8. An eighth victim was shot near Sabado Tarde Road and Camino Pescadero.

9. The suspect shot at four deputies responding to the incident on foot who then returned fired.


The suspect’s vehicle is seen on a sidewalk in Isla Vista on Saturday, May 24, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

“Three of four deputies were able to return fire at the suspect, striking the suspects vehicle and we believe shooting the suspect in his left hip area,” Brown said.

10. The rampage ended on Del Playa Drive after the gunman struck a second bicyclist, who flipped onto the hood of the BMW, caving in the windshield and causing the car to hit multiple vehicles before coming to a stop.

“Witnesses reported the suspect accelerating his vehicle at a high rate of speed and striking yet another bicyclist,” Brown said.

Deputies immediately removed Rodger from the car and found him dead due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Brown said.

Three 9 mm handguns and 400 rounds of ammunition were later retrieved from the BMW, Brown said.