May 24, 2014
RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A lawyer says the family of a man they believe went on a shooting rampage near a Santa Barbara, California, university called police several weeks ago after being alarmed by YouTube videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people."
Attorney Alan Shifman said police conducted an investigation and interviewed the man. Shifman said police did not find a history of guns, but did say the man had trouble making friends.
Shifman is the attorney for Peter Rodger, who was an assistant director on "The Hunger Games" film series. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the shooter.
Six people were killed Friday night during a shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The suspected gunman was also fatally shot.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say seven people are dead and seven wounded in a drive-by shooting in a student enclave next to the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the dead in Friday night's rampage in the Isla Vista neighborhood included the suspected attacker who was driving a black BMW. Brown had earlier said the suspect exchanged gunfire with deputies before crashing into a parked car.
He said he didn't know whether the suspect was shot by deputies, or if his wound was self-inflicted.
The circumstances surrounding the shootings were under investigation.
Brown said the shootings occurred at several sites in the town, resulting in nine crime scenes.