Hollywood director’s son kills six in rampage
A man who stabbed three people to death in his apartment before gunning down another three and seriously injuring seven in a drive-by attack in California has been identified by police as the son of a Hollywood director.
The 22 year old Elliot Rodger had earlier posted an Youtube video saying he wanted revenge for being rejected and had said that he would launch his attack in Isla Vista, Santa Barbara. He is the son of Peter Rodger, second unit director on ‘The Hunger Games’ film.
The video posted on Youtube shows the man, who says he is a 22-year-old virgin who has been rejected by women. “I will have my revenge against humanity,” he says, adding he will retaliate with a mass slaughter of college students and Isla Vista residents. “I will punish all of you for it.”
The attack happened near the campus of the University of Santa Barbara and witnesses reported seeing the attacker firing indiscriminately from a black BMW.
He was later found dead in the car with a gunshot wound to the head after an exchange of fire with the police. The authorities recovered a semi-automatic handgun.
A lawyer for Peter Rodger, Alan Shifman, had made a statement after the shootings, saying that his client believed the attacker was his son.
The Rodger family had contacted police after the video was posted a few weeks ago, Shifman said.
The lawyer said the family was alarmed by the video “regarding suicide and the killing of people” that Elliot had been posting.
Police interviewed Elliot and did not find a history of guns, but the officers left after determining he didn’t need to be locked up for mental health reasons, Shifman said.
He was being treated by several mental health professionals, according to media reports.