(NEWSER) – When Elliot Rodger's parents realized just how dangerous their disturbed son was, they made a desperate attempt to try to stop him. They received a copy of his 141-page manifesto and saw a YouTube video outlining his plans for his "Day of Retribution" on Friday night and called 911 before rushing to Santa Barbara in separate cars, a family friend tells the New York Daily News. They heard about the shooting spree while they were on their way. "They were hoping against hope," the friend says. "They are in inconceivable pain.
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(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.
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(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.