A 22-year-old student who was furious with being rejected by women has been identified as the shooter of six victims. Elliot Rodger of Los Angeles laid out his plan of murderous revenge over social media, recording a video complaining that he was still a virgin who had never kissed a girl, that girls weren't attracted to him, and that they only wanted "obnoxious brutes." Rodger then reportedly drove around an area known for college parties and began shooting randomly out of the window of his BMW.
Yesterday, Rodger posted a video on YouTube, complaining about his lack of luck with the ladies, and he laid out his plan to exact revenge by entering "the hottest sorority" on UC Santa Barbara campus and saying he would "slaughter every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde slut that I see inside there. All those girls that I've desired so much, they would've all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them."
It's quite clear the video is the work of an extremely dangerous person who was about to commit a heinous crime, and it's horrible that no one could have seen this and called the police before he acted on it.
After posting the video, Rodger reportedly drove around Isla Vista, USCB college's central area, and began randomly shooting. There were at least nine different crime scenes. Police were called and a shootout followed. Eventually, the suspect crashed his car and was found dead inside with a gunshot wound to the head. It's likely he committed suicide, though some outlets are reporting that it may have been inflicted during the shootout.
None of the victims have yet been publicly identified.
This appears to be a mass murder plotted by someone who thought he was entitled more than he was getting. Because women he wanted to sleep with apparently didn't want to sleep with him, Rodger appears to believe those women didn't deserve to live. Narcissism in the extreme. These people can be highly dangerous.
Rodger had written a series of vlogs complaining about women and how awful and unfair life is to him (despite all signs pointing to a life of privilege). In one video, he laments he has "no friends, no girlfriends, no love, no sex." It's possible that if someone, a family member, teacher or mentor, had known about these videos and Rodger had gotten help he so desperately needed, that this massacre could have been avoided. On the other hand, some people are disordered personality types who will never be satisfied, no matter what they have.
Update: Elliot Rodger has been identified by numerous media outlets as the son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger. Reportedly, Elliot's parents found their son's disturbing videos weeks before the murders and turned them over to police. Police interviewed him, but did not make an arrest.
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