A gunman has killed six in drive by shootings near Santa Barbara, California.
Police are looking at a possible link to a YouTube video. The video shows a man threatening to take revenge after repeated rejections from women. As well as the seven people killed, a further seven are in the hospital with gunshot wounds.
Witnesses described seeing a black BMW speeding through the streets of Isla Vista, near the university of California Santa Barbara campus, with shots being fired from the car.
Student Michael Vitek told local TV station KEYT he had seen one woman being fatally struck and another critically injured. “I heard shots, scream, pain,” he said.
After two exchanges of gunfire with police the suspect crashed into a parked car. The driver was dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators know the suspect’s name but would not release it before all relatives were notified, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters.
“We have obtained and are currently analysing videotaped evidence that suggests that this atrocity was a premeditated mass murder,” Sheriff Brown said.
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California drive-by gunman kills seven in Santa Barbara
Sat, 24 May 2014 15:26:39 GMT