The tragic UCSB shooting has shocked the world, and the young man responsible has been named as the son of The Hunger Games‘ second unit director Peter Rodger.
The UCSB shooting has shocked the world and left six people dead and several others injured near the University of California, Santa Barbara, due to the violent rampage of a 22-year-old man.
The man in question, Elliot Rodger, embarked on a drive-by shooting on Friday, around 9:27 p.m., in the town of Isla Vista, Variety reports. It is believed Rodger’s attack was premeditated because of the video he posted on his YouTube account just hours before his killing spree.
In the video titled Elliot Rodger’s Retribution — which runs for almost 7 minutes — Rodger says, “I’m 22 years old, and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it.”
“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you, you’ll finally see that I’m, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male,” he continued. “After I’ve annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there.”
Rodger was the son of filmmaker Peter Rodger, a second unit director on the first The Hunger Games movie, Radar Online reports.
“His parents did everything they could to help him. It seemed that Elliot suffered from extreme paranoia and heard voices, but it was impossible to properly diagnose because he just wouldn’t talk. Having been prescribed psychiatric medication, Elliot refused to take it,” a source reportedly told the site.
“Before moving from L.A. to Santa Barbara, he had been seeing a mental health professional for years, and his parents got a team of doctors for him to continue to see after his move. Their hearts break for the victims and their families.”
An attorney for Peter Rodger has confirmed that his son was involved in the shooting and was among the causalities of the evening. It is unclear whether Elliot took his own life on that fateful night or if his death was the result of an exchange in gunfire with the police.