Parents of Alleged UCSB Gunman Received ‘Manifesto’ Shortly Before Attacks

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As an investigation continued Sunday into a violent rampage that left six victims dead in the seaside college town of Isla Vista, new details were being revealed about the events that transpired the night of the attacks.


Bullet holes that riddled a building after a shooting rampage were filled with flowers on May 25, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, allegedly began a shooting spree Friday night after fatally stabbing three people in his apartment near the University of California, Santa Barbara, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, who added that 12 crimes occurred in 10 different locations.

Shortly before he allegedly began the shooting spree, Rodger emailed a 140-page “manifesto” to his parents, outlining what he had planned to do, CNN reported on Sunday. His mother, Lichin, immediately went to his YouTube page, where she found his latest video.

Titled “Retribution,” the video detailed his intention to “enter the hottest sorority house” at UCSB and “slaughter” everyone there, which he added would give him “great pleasure.”

Rodger’s mother then immediately contacted his father, Peter. After calling 911 and alerting authorities, both parents headed to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in a desperate bid to search for their son, according to CNN.

The pair heard about the shooting on their way up.


Elliot Rodger, 22, said he would have revenge on humanity and expressed his loneliness in a video posted shortly before a May 23, 2014, shooting rampage near UC Santa Barabara. (Credit: YouTube)

Later, they learned that their son was believed to have been behind the violent attacks.

Seven people died in the rampage including Rodger, who shot himself in the head after crashing his BMW, according to Brown. Thirteen other people were injured.

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

As of Saturday night, seven of the victims who suffered injures remained hospitalized, according to Dr. Kaminski from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital .

Two were in serious conditions, three were in fair condition and two were in good condition, Kaminski said.

Authorities have not released the identities of any of the people injured in the attack, but they did release the identities of  the three men found stabbed to death inside Rodger’s apartment. The men, all UCSB students, were identified as Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan Wang, 20, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office released the identifies of the three victims who were fatally shot. They are: Veronika Weiss, 19, Katie Cooper, 22, and Chris Martinez, 20. All three attended UCSB.

Meanwhile, authorities were still trying to gather evidence at several crime scenes, including at the I.V. Deli Mart, where newly released surveillance video captured the frightening moment when gunfire erupted.

Customers could be seen scrambling, ducking for cover and hiding behind shelves as bullets entered the store. It also appeared that some people took their cell phones out after the shooting was over, possibly to call 911, according to the video, which was obtained by CNN.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also in Los Angeles, where they were searching the home of Rodger’s mother.

A multiagency investigation was ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to contact the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office at 805-681-4171.