Mass shooting near UC Santa Barbara leaves seven dead

Courtesy of UCSB
Courtesy of UCSB

Seven people were killed, including at least six UC Santa Barbara students, and 13 were wounded last Friday, May 23, during a shooting spree in the Isla Vista community near the university.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of a mass shooting last night in the Isla Vista area near UC Santa Barbara,” UC President Janet Napolitano said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy, their families and the entire Santa Barbara community.”

The suspected shooter is Elliott Rodger, a student at Santa Barbara City College, who was also killed in the incident. Before the shooting occurred, Rodger posted a video to his YouTube account outlining his plans to commit the crimes. He also emailed a 140-page document explaining his actions to his parents.

Seven of the shooting victims remain in the hospital, two of whom are in serious condition.

UCR will be holding a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting on Wednesday, May 28, at 8 p.m. by the Bell Tower. As of press time on Sunday, over 1,000 people have pledged to attend.

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