7 killed in drive-by rampage
GOLETA, California (AP):A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus last Friday night that left seven people, including the attacker, dead, and seven others wounded, authorities said yesterday.
The gunman was involved in two gun battles with deputies last Friday night in the beachside community of Isla Vista before crashing his black BMW into a parked car.
Deputies found him dead with a gunshot wound to the head, but it wasn't immediately clear whether he was killed by gunfire or if he committed suicide, he said.
A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The police are also investigating a YouTube video posted that shows a young man describing plans to shoot women, which they say appears to be connected to the attack. Police would not say whether the person in the video was a suspect in the shooting.
The shootings started around 9:30 p.m. in the student enclave reputed for parties, including an annual spring bash that turned into a violent blow out last month. The shootings occurred at several sites, resulting in nine crime scenes.
A visibly shaken student reported that she was approached by the driver of a black BMW who flashed a handgun and asked "Hey, what's up?" The student, who didn't provide her full name, said she thought he was carrying an airsoft gun and kept walking. She said seconds later, she felt something buzz by her head and quickly realised they were bullets.
The victims' identities were not immediately released. The police said the injured were being treated for gunshot wounds and traumatic injuries, including at least one person, who underwent surgery for life-threatening injures.