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.