(May 24, 2014)
Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and seven others injured on Friday night after a bloody drive-by shooting on the crowded streets of a small college town near Santa Barbara, as a man the police described as mentally disturbed methodically opened fire in a 10-minute spasm of terror.[emphasis added]
The gunman was found dead with a bullet wound to his head after his black BMW crashed into another car. He had exchanged gunfire with deputy sheriffs in Isla Vista, near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
A family lawyer tentatively identified the gunman as Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old son of a Hollywood director.
The lawyer, Alan Shifman, told reporters gathered outside the home of Mr. Rodger’s father that Mr. Rodger’s parents had called the police about a month ago to express their concerns over his YouTube videos “regarding suicide and the killing of people.” He said that police officers had interviewed Mr. Rodger, but concluded that he posed no danger. The lawyer said they had found him to be a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human.”
Why didn't anybody stop him?
John Lot says that:
... As of February 2014, Santa Barbara County had 53 permits out of an adult population of 337,000 -- a rate of 0.016 percent. The rate was virtually unchanged from 2011.
Nobody, not even the police, were able to stop him until he was ready to be stopped.
Nobody wanted to be his neighbor. Nor his girl-friend, either:
Rejected by women, he posted several videos on YouTube (all since deleted by YouTube as unsuitable). The NYTIMES has posted a copy of the video, as did the LA Daily Times. And a southern news paper, and probably several other publications. His "day of retribution" speech, filmed in the drivers' seat in his Beemer, was smug and vitrolic. It was carefully staged. He was obviously quoting from a speech which he had pre-written and practiced over and over ... compulsively.
Why couldn't he get a date?
He was a creep!
Pronounced sane, but still a killer?
Wounded seven people at random, and in the process killed six other people. Whether he killed himself, or was killed by police in the second shoot-out, is not known now.
It's time that people started out with the familiar question: "WHY?"
Good looking, cool car, what's not to like? (Except that he was creepy.)
The idea that police and psychiatrists can predict future actions is ludicrous. And in this case, nobody knew that he was capable of murder.
What's the word? Sociopath?
How about Evil?