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 Father of Isla Vista shooting victim heads to Washington DC to fight for stricter gun laws
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4 months ago

Father of Isla Vista shooting victim heads to Washington DC to fight for stricter gun laws

Richard Martinez, father of a Isla Vista shooting victim Chris Martinez, boarded a flight to Washington D.C. Sunday evening. He said he's taking a break from his job as an attorney to fight for stricter gun laws and it's time our legislature takes action, before one more life is lost.

He will also be stopping in New York City on his trip back east. He has a full agenda with lawmakers and has scheduled meetings with parents of other shooting victims.

Martinez said he wants to get fully educated on gun laws and where policy makers stand right now. He said he wants something to change, and he doesn't want his son or any other victims to have died in vain. He believes the solution is in the hands of Congress.

"After Sandy Hook, when all those little kids died, they had the opportunity to fix this problem and they didn't. In my mind, that is unconscionable. These problems are continuing, my son being one victim as a result," Martinez said.

Martinez will be back in town on Friday. He is taking an approved six-month leave from his job.

He told KSBY he will continue his fight until something is done. He wants it to be very clear that this effort is about honoring his son and the other shooting victims and to help prevent more shootings. He said in no way will he be making monetarily profitting from it.

On Saturday, hundreds of people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York chanting the words of Richard Martinez. The group chanted the phrase, 'Not One More', demanding stricter gun control laws. Martinez said those words shortly after his son was killed in Isla Vista.

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4 months ago

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office releases reports on Elliot Rodger

SANTA BARBARA- The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has released several reports regarding interactions with shooter Elliot Rodger before the rampage in Isla Vista that left seven people dead, including Rodger.

The first report details an incident where Rodger said he was assaulted at a party, and dragged down a driveway being kicked and punched.

The report also includes information from a witness, who says Rodger was trying to push people off a ten-foot ledge.

To read the full report, click here.

Police also released a report detailing an incident where Rodger called the police after his roommate, Cheng Hong, allegedly stole three candles from him.

Rodger put Hong under citizen's arrest.

To read the full report, click here.

The sheriff's office also released a more detailed report on the welfare check performed on Rodger back in April.

They say their interaction with him lasted about ten minutes, and they did not see him as an immediate threat or search his home.

You can find the full welfare check report here.

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4 months ago

Firearms checks sought after Santa Barbara rampage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies have been criticized for not searching Elliot Rodger's apartment during a welfare check after his parents became concerned about his postings on YouTube. Authorities say the 22-year-old killed six university students, then himself, in Isla Vista a month later.

Rodger wrote that deputies would have found his weapons if only they had done more checking.

SB505 by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara was introduced Wednesday. It would require officers to search the state's database of gun purchases when evaluating whether someone might be a danger.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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4 months ago

UCSB students unveiling mural dedicated to rampage victims

UCSB students are unveiling a mural dedicated to the victims of the Isla Vista rampage.

Students in the Urban Art workshop have been working on the mural all quarter. Originally, their plan was to paint an image that respected the space and honored those killed by David Attias in 2001 on Sabado Tarde.

However, in a class meeting after the recent tragedy, one student came up with the idea to paint six fish on the mural representating the students killed in the rampage.

The students hope it will represent the resilience of the Isla Vista community.

An unveiling ceremony will be held Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 6568 Sabado Tarde. Everyone is welcome to attend, and local restaurants will provide food and drinks.

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Mural to honor victims of Isla Vista mass shooting

UC Santa Barbara students are working on a mural to honor the victims of last month's mass shooting in Isla Vista.

They plan to unveil the mural next week.

The class originally planned to paint the mural in honor of those killed by David Attias back in 2001.

However, after the shootings, they decided to change their plans and paint six fish, representing those killed by Elliott Rodger on Memorial Day weekend.

The mural will be located at 6568 Sabado Tarde in Isla Vista.

The unveiling ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Food and drinks will be provided by local Isla Vista restaurants.

Everyone is welcome.

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4 months ago

Chris Martinez remembered

Friends, family and a community came together Saturday to celebrate the life of Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Martinez. There was a huge turnout at the Mountainbrook Community Church in San Luis Obispo.

While the service was open to the public, the family requested no media coverage inside the church.

The church was packed Saturday afternoon with family members and friends paying their respects to 20-year-old Chris Martinez. He loved to play sports, starting at a young age on the baseball field at French Park. While at San Luis Obispo High School, Chris played basketball. He later decided to stop playing for the school to focus on his studies. He had plans to go to law school. His coaches say he had a great attitude and was always smiling.

"Happy, polite and just as fun to coach. He was always working hard. Chris is one you don't forget," says San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson. Parkinson was Chris' baseball coach when he was in elementary school.

"Chris had a great jump shot. He was a right handed player and he can do these shots with his left hand. He could take it to the basket. That is a special player," says Jamie Steiner, a cousin of Chris Martinez.

Chris graduated from San Luis Obispo High School in 2012 and was a sophomore at UCSB. From everyone KSBY spoke with, people said he was a positive person and a good guy all around.

"Chris was an amazing guy. He was always funny," says Jeff Dolphin, Chris' former roommate.

"He was really loved by a lot of people," says Richard Martinez, Chris' father.

Chris is survived by his parents, Caryn Michaels and Richard Martinez. In lieu of flowers, the family requested scholarship donations be made in his memory to the UCSB Foundation.

4 months ago

Father of shooting victim calls on media not to report names of mass murder suspects

Richard Martinez, the father of Isla Vista shooting victim Chris Martinez, came to KSBY's San Luis Obispo studio Thursday afternoon.

He wanted to get his message out about the media's role in covering these kinds of tragedies.

When he spoke to KSBY's Kathy Kuretich, he was both passionate and upset, and he put out a call to everyone in the media.

To see what he had to say, click here.

4 months ago

Senator Barbara Boxer speaks about Isla Vista

Senator Barbara Boxer gave a speech on Capitol Hill Monday calling for stricter gun laws, saying the Isla Vista shooting was the last straw.

Boxer said the U.S. should put regulations in place for background checks and eliminate assault rifles from public use.

"Pass the things we need to pass, do it for these families and god knows all the others that are suffering," Boxer said.

She said she plans to introduce a measure giving people a way to prevent family members from buying guns if they believe their mental health is a threat.

Her plan, which she calls the "pause for safety act," would also allow families to get a temporary restraining order to prevent someone from buying a gun.

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4 months ago

Richard Martinez talks about meeting with Peter Rodger

Richard Martinez spoke about his private meeting with Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger, in an appearance on Ronan Farrow Daily on MSNBC.

Elliot Rodger shot and killed Richard Martinez's son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, during the Isla Vista Rampage.

In the televised interview, Martinez spoke about the meeting and urged politicians to work together on stricter gun regulation.

"We have a plan, and we have agreed to work together. I am not willing to go beyond that, but I think that people should pay attention. If I can do this and reach out to the father of the boy who killed my son, why can't the Democrats and Republicans in Congress? If we can work together, then why can't they work together to get this done?" Martinez said.

Martinez went on to say his experience as an attorney for almost 30 years helps him understand how the Rodgers are feeling. In the interview, he said he has worked with parents in child welfare services cases where the parents are good parents, but they have a child with mental illness.

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4 months ago

Deputies involved in shootout with Elliot Rodger return to duty

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says four deputies who were involved in a shootout with Elliot Rodger on the night of the Isla Vista rampage are returning to work. They had been placed on administrative leave, which is routine after an officer-involved shooting.

Three U.C. Santa Barbara students were killed during the shooting rampage. Another 13 people were injured. Three other UCSB students were later found stabbed to death in Rodger's apartment.

The Sheriff's Office says the investigation into the rampage continues; however, investigators believe deputies wounded Rodger in the hip during the gun battle. They say the injury likely distracted him from the killing spree and prompted him to flee. Rodger was found dead after crashing his BMW. Sheriff's officials say he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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4 months ago

Memorial service held for Weihan Wang in Fremont

Friends and family remembered one of the victims of the Isla Vista Rampage Sunday in Fremont.

A memorial service was held for UCSB student, Weihan David Wang.

His parents stood before hundreds at his memorial and talked about their loss. He was their only child.

Wang and two of his friends, George Chen and Cheng Yuan Hong, were killed inside the apartment Wang shared with Rodger.

"Life is so valuable. It is so precious. It is time to stop violence, gun fighting. There should be no more anger, no more hatred, no more fear, no more darkness," said Wang's parents.

Family members say they were looking forward to him coming home for the summer and celebrating his 21st birthday next month.

Wang's parents say their faith is carrying them through the tragedy, and they'll find a way to keep moving forward because their son would want them to do so.

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4 months ago

California Assemblywoman pushes for new bill following Isla Vista Rampage

California Assemblywoman, Nancy Skinner, is working on a new bill she says may have prevented the deadly rampage in Isla Vista.

It's called the Gun Violence Temporary Restraining Order Law, and it's headed for a vote.

Her bill spells out procedures for concerned friends or relatives to temporarily obtain a gun violence restraining order against someone. Once the restraining order has been obtained, police would be able to take any firearms they find on the person and bar that person from purchasing other guns for up to a year.

"It gives an effective tool to both law enforcement and the concerned friend or family member to stop that action at least temporarily," said Skinner.

Rodger's parents requested police to visit their son on April 30, nearly a month before the rampage. Officers did everything their crisis intervention training told them to do, but they did not enter Rodger's room, where he claimed to have stashed his weapons.

Police didn't look at Rodger's online presence before visiting him. He'd been posting increasingly angry and despairing videos for months. Lawyers say ti wouldn't take a new law for police to factor online information into future checks, but it could be a privacy issue.

On Sunday, Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims, Chris Michaels-Martinez, met with Elliot Rodger's father. Richard Martinez says he too wants something to change, and he doesn't want his son to have died in vain.

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4 months ago

Isla Vista community marches against gun violence

The Isla Vista community is taking a stand against gun violence.

People came together to march in solidarity on Saturday, putting the "Not One More" movement into action.

Their goal is to demand political leaders move toward preventing further gun violence.

People met outside the IV Deli Mart. That was one of more than 10 locations shooter Elliot Rodger stopped on his rampage last weekend.

Some people held signs with the victims' names on them, although many of them had never met the people who were killed.

Blaze Pizza also supported the victims of the shooting, giving 100% of their proceeds to them on Saturday. The restaurant is across the street from IV Deli.

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4 months ago

Q&A: Family members remember Isla Vista shooting victim Chris Michaels-Martinez

You've seen him displaying a variety of emotions, from anger to anguish, on national television since the Isla Vista tragedy. Richard Martinez is the father of Chris Michaels-Martinez, who was shot and killed at the IV Deli Mart on Friday. The grieving father talks to KSBY about his "cheerful, happy kid" and his intentions to make his son's death mean something. Michaels-Martinez's cousin Jamie Steiner, of San Luis Obispo, also talks to media for the first time.

KSBY: You've been very vocal since Saturday, less than a day after your son died. Have you had a chance to grieve yet?

Richard Martinez (Chris Michaels-Martinez's father): Honestly, keeping active is sort of postponing that I think. I'm going to need some time. Doing something helps me deal with it, and we all deal with these things in different ways.

KSBY: Chris was born on the Central Coast, went to San Luis Obispo High, wanted to be a lawyer. Are you proud he wanted to follow in your footsteps and his mother's (San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Caryn Michaels)?

RM: I didn't want him to be a lawyer. I wanted him to do something else, but I knew better than try and tell him that because he was a really determined kid.

KSBY: For those of us who didn't know Chris, what else would you like us to know?

Jamie Steiner (Chris Michaels-Martinez's cousin): He loved San Luis Obispo. He loved being here and was so excited going down to Santa Barbara, going to UCSB.

KSBY: We've heard from his former coach, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson, about what a great athlete Chris was. Is that his basketball?

JS: I just wanted to bring it. Our big thing was playing basketball. Chris and I used this ball when we played just before Mother's Day at Meadow Park. It was the last time we played basketball together. Chris had a great jump shot. He was quick, but he was also this right-handed player who could do these shots with his left hand and take it to the basket. When you see somebody do that, you know that is a special player.

RM: Chris was better in every way than I am. Anybody who knew Chris would tell you he had tremendous potential. What a terrible waste.

KSBY: Tell us what else we lost.

RM: He was just so much fun. Just so much. Look at that face, at that smile. He was just smiling all the time. He was happy, cheerful. I remember taking him to grocery stores and having him in the cart. You see some kids [grab at things]. He was just looking around, talking.

JS: Chris had a wonderful childhood.

RM: In the summertime at his grandma's house in the country, we would dig a big hole and fill it with water, and he would sit in it with his bucket, shovels and soldiers...in the mud.

When he was smaller, before he could walk very well, I had a backpack I would carry him around in and we would go for walks. I would point out things and we would talk. He'd point and go, "tree!" He was always curious, a very mentally active child.

KSBY: You mentioned earlier that you're wearing his watch?

RM: I gave him this watch at Mother's Day when he was here. He was wearing it when he died. After the [UCSB memorial on Tuesday], a woman handed me this bracelet and it says, "In our hearts forever." She had a postcard with a picture of her two children that were shot to death. She said, I really appreciate what you're doing here. It's intolerable. We have to do something.

KSBY: This is after you made the rallying cry "Not One More" and asked people to send postcards to politicians with the mantra or, when you realized students may be too young to know what postcards are, use #NotOneMore on social media.

RM: I still don't know what a hashtag is.

KSBY: There have been a lot of mass shootings in recent U.S. history, including in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek and so on. Little has been done in terms of lawmaking after each of these. Do you think you can be the one to make a difference this time?

RM: If other people join with me, yes, it could be. If it was just me saying it, yes, I'm going to lose. It won't mean that I'm going to stop trying. I don't care if someone says it's hopeless. I lost the most important thing in my life.

KSBY: How would you change the laws?

RM: I've been living with this situation for less than a week. Cut me some slack. But I do have a response to that, and that is this: I know the situation is complicated, and there are many factors involved. One is mental health, two is the proliferation of guns, and three is violence against women. You need to treat them all to make this go away.

KSBY: Will you be pushing for universal background checks?

RM: I grew up on a farm. I had guns. I was in the military as a military policeman. I carried a gun every day to work. I've been around guns and I can appreciate that guns are useful tools. I'm not even against people having a handgun in their home if they feel the need for self-protection. But you don't need three semi-automatic weapons. This guy was set out to use 400 rounds -- he was ready! And if things had turned out differently, he would have killed many, many more.

KSBY: What about incorporating social media into background checks?

RM: I don't know what social media is. I'm old.

KSBY: Okay, well some people have made comments online saying that since the killer used knives and his car as weapons, we will also need knife and car controls too.

RM: That is such a specious argument. Take a look at England, Australia and Canada. It's not new. They can't believe we haven't come to our senses.

KSBY: You've said in other interviews that you're meeting with the Rodgers. When?

RM: I'm not saying.

KSBY: Do you blame the Rodgers?

RM: No, I don't think I did, and I don't for sure, based on what I know. I can even sympathize with their situation in the sense that I walk down the street and people hug me and express their sorrow. Nobody's doing that for them. They loved their son. We know they loved their son. Their son died too that day. And nobody is going to console them.

KSBY: I can't imagine what it's like to lose a child. I'm not a parent.

RM: Oh, I hope not. I hope you never do. You'd rather die. To have the last image of your son laying on a table with the life drained out of him is the most horrible way to have the last image of your child. It's just awful. It's the hardest thing I ever did in my life walking into that room and seeing him like that. It's just horrible.

KSBY: What's next, after the post cards and the hashtags go out?

RM: I came up with post cards and hashtags in an hour. My ideas and plans are evolving. If it's not this time, it's next time because I'm not going to stop trying because I owe it to my son because he was such a great kid. I'm trying to do something to make the death of my son mean something. If I can prevent some other family from going through the same thing my family has been through, I will be happy.

This interview has been condensed and edited.

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4 months ago

KSBY sits down with father, cousin of Chris Michaels-Martinez

It's been almost a week, but the grief is still raw for families who lost someone in the Isla Vista rampage.

One grieving father started a movement after losing his son, Chris Michaels-Martinez.

Richard Martinez is not hiding his grief or anger.

Thursday, he sat down with KSBY's Lili Tan to talk intimately about how he's processing his grief and about his drive to stop gun violence.

To watch the interview, click here.

Tan also sat down with Chris's cousin, Jamie Steiner, to learn more about the determined young man from San Luis Obispo.

For that interview and more from Chris's father, click here.

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4 months ago

New details on the events leading up to the Isla Vista rampage

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released new information Thursday on the tips it received about Elliot Rodger's mental health before he went on a deadly rampage in Isla Vista. The new report provides a more detailed outline of the events leading up to last Friday's tragedy. The Sheriff's Office explains the welfare check deputies performed on Rodger, as well as when they got ahold of his retribution video and 137 page manifesto.

The Sheriff's Office says it performed a welfare check on Rodger on April 30 after getting a call from Rodger's friend. Deputies described Rodger as being "shy, timid and polite." They say they concluded Rodger was not an immediate threat, so they did not search his home. Their visit with Rodger reportedly lasted about ten minutes.

On the night of the rampage, investigators say the shooting started at 9:27 p.m., and they did not see Rodger's YouTube video and manifesto until 10:26 p.m. They say Rodger uploaded the video ten minutes before the shooting began and e-mailed the manifesto to his mom, dad and therapist a minute later. The therapist contacted police at 10:11 that night.

The Sheriff's Office calls this one of the most complex investigations in its history and says detectives are still going through a huge amount of evidence.

4 months ago

Memorial paddle out held in Isla Vista

Another unique tribute to the UCSB victims took place Wednesday evening.

Just before sunset, some 2,000 UCSB students held a paddle out at Isla Vista Beach.

Using surfboards, body boards, and rafts, students paddled out into the ocean for a memorial.

They formed a circle in the water as they chanted and splashed.

Hundreds of others watched from the shore.

Participants say it helped them relieve stress and anger.

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4 months ago

Capps to deliver speech to House of Representatives regarding Isla Vista rampage

Congresswoman Lois Capps will give a speech on the floor of the United States House of Representatives Thursday regarding the Isla Vista rampage.

According to her press secretary, Capps will urge her colleagues to move beyond the grief and toward action regarding the tragedy. Six people were killed in the deadly rampage, and the gunman also took his own life. 13 others were injured.

On Wednesday evening, Capps lead a moment of silence on the floor of the House of Representatives to honor the victims.

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4 months ago

#NotOneMore gaining ground in social media

The words "Not one more" is now a worldwide rallying cry.

During a memorial service for the victims of the Isla Vista tragedy, grieving father Richard Martinez repeated the three words in an effort to motivate the masses and convince lawmakers to impose stricter gun-control laws.

Audiences responded by chanting and stomping their feet on the bleachers. The next day, the Twitter-verse would answer back too.

At 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, three users had tweeted #NotOneMore. But by the end of the work day, the number of posts had grown to more than 10,000, according to social media monitoring site Keyhole. The site predicts more than 28 million people have already seen the mantra.

Gunman Elliot Rodger shot and killed Martinez's son Chris Michael-Martinez at the IV Deli on Friday. Santa Barbara County police say Rodger legally purchased and registered three semi-automatic handguns. They found more than 400 rounds of ammunition in Rodger's car after he took his own life.

"It's unbelievable that we're at this point. Too many people have died," Martinez said during the memorial, blaming his son's killing and the deaths of five other UC Santa Barbara students on Congress' inaction to impose stricter gun laws.

Rodger shot and killed Michael-Martinez, Katherine Cooper and Veronika Weiss, after stabbing Cheng Yuen James Hong, Weihan David Wang and George Chen to death. He also injured 13 others.

The Wang family asked Martinez to read a statement on their behalf: "Your sacrifices will wake the power and authority of America. It's time to stop the gun violence."

The mantra "definitely cut me to the heart," California State Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara). "I think that it is shameful have little legislation has been passed at a national level."

Tuesday, Assembly Members Williams and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) announced legislation to make mental illness laws and gun laws work together, proposing gun violence restraining orders that would allow parents, spouses or friends to step in if they feel their loved one is a danger to themselves or others, and try and keep them from buying guns.

"[Elliot Rodger's] parents had come forward and tried to do something. I think we should have a mechanism in state law where parents, loved ones can come forward and submit to a judge, saying look, our loved ones aren't in a good mental place and they shouldn't be in possession of firearms."

Williams says the law would also make it a misdemeanor for gun shops to sell to individuals under that restraining order.

The Assembly Member says other members have signed on to co-author the bill, but he expects opposition moving forward.

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4 months ago

20,000 gather to mourn loss of UCSB students

Harder Stadium, speckled with students wearing blue and yellow and pinning black ribbons over their hearts, was a beacon of gaucho pride during a memorial service to honor the six who died in Friday's deadly rampage.

UC Santa Barbara cancelled classes Tuesday to allow students to have a day of reflection before the ceremony.

"Hugs from strangers brought more light into this world," said Rabbi Goodman of Santa Barbara Hillel, who gave the opening prayer.

Religious leaders, as well as Chancellor Henry Yang and UC President Janet Napolitano asked students to try and focus on honoring the memory of "these six amazing individuals," Goodman said, rather than fixate on "asking why."

Four days before, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger stabbed George Chen, Weihan David Wang and Cheng Yuan James Hong to death, and shot and killed Katie Cooper, Veronika Weiss and Chris Michaels-Martinez.

"How students respond matters," Pastor John Love said.

Since Friday, the Isla Vista community appears to have gone through a variety of emotions, from shock to sadness to scapegoating the news media for trying to find answers as to why Rodger would go on a murderous rampage.

"For young people today, the world just doesn't make much sense," Love said, stressing the importance of "finding love and meaning in a confused, disordered world."

A moment of silence was punctuated softly by chirping birds and the fluttering of still photographers' shutters.

UC President Janet Napolitano gave us a glimpse into some of the victims' lives:

She says George Chen was an engineering student who loved playing basketball with his dad and was a volunteer counselor at the YMCA.

Katie Cooper was the captain of her high school water polo team, and was "a California girl through and through," Napolitano said.

Born in Taipei and raised in San Jose, James Hong volunteered at a nearby Chinese language school.

Perhaps one of the liveliest speeches came from Richard Martinez, father of Chris Michaels-Martinez.

First, he read statements from the Wang and Hong families.

"My dearest son, Weihan David, mom and dad are very proud of you...you are a gentle, kind, loving, joyful, peaceful, faithful and self-controlled," Martinez read on behalf of the Wangs, sitting in the front row.

"Thank you, son. We will learn to love people the rest of our lives as you did. Learn to love, including the man who killed our son."

The Hongs also asked the audience to find it in their hearts to "bless all victims and families, including the killer," Martinez read on their behalf. "Hatred be gone with the wind."

When it came to his own son, Martinez described Chris' sportsmanship, getting up after he'd been knocked down and doing whatever he could to win, including overtaking men 20 years older without a thought.

Martinez, who has been very vocal about his intentions to reform gun laws, blamed congress for its inaction. "That's why Chris and other kids died," he said.

Chris' father asked everyone to send postcards to politicians with the words "Not one more" on them. He joked that the students may be too young to know what postcards were, and made fun of his own ignorance regarding the use of hashtags when others recommended he circulate #notonemore through social media.

Perhaps it was the stadium setting that led Martinez to ask students to shout "Not one more" pep-rally style so that lawmakers could hear them in Washington D.C. Students responded by chanting the phrase and stomping their feet on the bleachers.

Martinez received a standing ovation. More impressive, he received laughs from students and families, otherwise solemn since the horrific tragedy.

The Isla Vista community continues to pay tribute to the six students killed, creating a 10,000-ribbon memorial in addition to a memorial wall set up at Pardall Center.

Wednesday, students are hosting a paddle out starting at 6:30 p.m. at the beach, where Camino Pescadero meets the sand.

And on Sunday, flags at all University of California schools will be at half-staff.

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4 months ago

Donate to victims of Isla Vista Rampage

KSBY-TV, Heritage Oaks Bank and the Santa Barbara Foundation have teamed together to do what we can to help the victim's families and the survivors of the Isla Vista Rampage.

Our viewers can make a tax deductible donation at any Heritage Oaks Bank starting Tuesday morning at 9:00.

You can also make an online donation, just click here.

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4 months ago

SBCC President issues statement on Isla Vista Rampage

The President of Santa Barbara City College issued a statement on the Isla Vista rampage.

In an email Tuesday, SBCC President Lori Gaskin said the school would not be hosting a memorial service on campus because the school is on recess, but that many of the school's students, faculty, staff, administrators, and board members planned to attend the memorial service Tuesday at UCSB's Harder Stadium. In the email, Gaskin said, "We feel a strong need to gather together with our UCSB colleagues and students, our extended student family in Isla Vista, and the community. Doing so provides an important means of connecting with each other, reflecting upon the circumstances which have brought us together, and honoring those who have been lost or injured as a result of this inexplicable action. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers remain focused on the victims and their loved ones."

SBCC will offer counseling and support services for students to assist those in need with the healing process. Crisis counseling will also be available for SBCC employees.

SBCC held its commencement ceremonies on May 23, and the school is currently on recess until summer session begins June 16.

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4 months ago

Memorial service Tuesday for victims of Isla Vista Rampage

A memorial service will be held Tuesday afternoon for the UCSB students murdered Friday night in Isla Vista.

Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people in a murderous rampage.

George Chen, Cheng Yuan Hong, and Weihan Wang were stabbed to death. Veronika Weiss, Katie Cooper, and Chris Michaels-Martinez were shot and killed.

The university has declared Tuesday a day of mourning and reflection. No classes will be held.

The memorial service begins at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at UCSB's Harder Stadium.

The university will also provide a live webcast of the memorial here.

Students are also creating a memorial wall in honor of the victims.

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4 months ago

Local psychologist analyzes Rodger YouTube Video, calls him dissociated

After the murders in Isla Vista, videos of the killer, Elliot Rodger, began to surface online. Specifically, one in which he explicitly said he will carry out a "day of retribution" and kill people.

San Luis Obispo marriage and family therapist and educational psychologist Kathryn Brewer watched the video and said she believes Rodger was dissociated. She said the YouTube video makes it apparent that he was completely detached from the world. Brewer said because his mind was removed, he was capable of doing anything, including murder.

"The signs are there of someone who is not in control, who is completely out of control and disconnected and that he desperately needs help," said Brewer.

She continued, "The biggest key part is his dissociation, his dissociation from himself, his dissociation from all of humanity."

Brewer said that dissociation is what allowed Rodger to kill on Friday night, over and over again. She said Rodger would also look away from the camera and chuckle, as if he were playing a character. Those demeanors, Brewer said, illustrate cognitive separation.

"The robotic tone also would suggest that his frontal lobes, (the) decision and reasoning parts (of the brain), have some disconnection from the emotional part of the brain," said Brewer.

A lawyer for Rodger's family said Rodger was diagnosed with Asperger's at a young age.

Brewer said, "They bundle up their stress, which is significant, and they put it on one focus on their lives."

In Rodger's case, an obsession on women and lack of sexuality.

Brewer said the murders at the hands of Rodger should make us open our eyes to those who seem different, perhaps help them and understand them.

"It's an opportunity to re-examine our own lives. It's an opportunity to re-examine how we are with one another," said Brewer.

Brewer suggests if anyone notices similar dissociative behaviors in others to contact a medical professional immediately.

It should be noted that Rodger's family did notify authorities about his YouTube video.

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4 months ago

Identities of all six people killed in Isla Vista rampage released

We now know all of the identities of the people who were killed in Friday night's deadly rampage in Isla Vista.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has identified the last two remaining stabbing victims as George Chen, 19, of San Jose, California and Weihan Wang, 20, of Fremont, California.

Investigators say Elliot Rodger, 22, also stabbed Chen Yuan Hong, 20, of San Jose to death. All three stabbings took place in Rodger's apartment complex, the Capri Apartments at Isla Vista, located in the 6500 block of Seville Road.

All three of those men were UC Santa Barbara students. Hong and Chen are listed on the lease for the apartment as tenants, along with Rodger. Sheriff's investigators are in the process of determining whether Wang was also a roommate or was visiting the residence.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley says Hong was involved in a case involving stolen candles. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office mentioned that case at a Saturday press conference, saying Rodger contacted the Sheriff's Office, reporting his roommate had stolen his candles.

Hong was charged with petty theft, and Dudley says he pleaded guilty.

Sheriff's investigators believe Rodger killed these victims prior to going on a shooting rampage in Isla Vista around 9:27 p.m. on Friday, May 23.

Rodger also killed three other people. They are Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez, 20, Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19. All three were UC Santa Barbara students.

Cooper and Weiss were members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority at UCSB. They were standing across the street from the Alpha Phi sorority house when Rodger allegedly shot and killed them.

Martinez graduated from San Luis Obispo High School in 2012 and grew up on the Central Coast. Investigators say Rodger shot and killed Martinez at the I.V. Deli Mart on Friday night.

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4 months ago

Surveillance video shows frantic moments inside I.V. Deli Mart

People inside an Isla Vista deli dropped to the floor and desperately tried to hide from the gunman in Friday's deadly rampage.

Security camera video shows the terrifying moments when customers first hear gunshots, then run for cover inside the I.V. Deli Mart.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says Elliot Rodger killed Christopher Michaels-Martinez at that store.

The 20-year old was an English major at U.C. Santa Barbara and had attended San Luis Obispo High School.

The Sheriff's Office says Rodger killed six people and wounded 13 others before killing himself.

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4 months ago

One of three Isla Vista stabbing victims identified as Rodger's roommate

Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley has confirmed one of the three men found stabbed to death in the Capri Apartments at Isla Vista was 20-year-old Cheng Yuan Hong.

Hong was one of three men found stabbed to death in the complex. The identities of the other two men have not been released.

Dudley says she received confirmation from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office Hong's next of kin has been notified of his death.

Dudley says Hong was involved in a case involving stolen candles. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office mentioned that case at a Saturday press conference, saying Rodger contacted the sheriff's office, reporting his roommates had stolen candles.

Hong was charged with petty theft, and Dudley says he pled guilty.

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4 months ago

Alleged gunman Elliot Rodger's life of rage, resentment and loneliness

As the investigation into the Isla Vista mass shootings continues, we are learning more about the alleged gunman.

Police have not yet released a motive for why Elliot Rodger allegedly went on a murderous rampage Friday night. However, from his 141-page manifesto and YouTube retribution video, it seems the 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student was bent on revenge for being marginalized socially and sexually.

In his chilling video -- released hours before three people were stabbed to death in Rodger's apartment, three people were shot to death on the streets of Isla Vista, 13 people were injured, and the alleged shooter apparently took his own life -- Rodger says he was "still a virgin. I've never even kissed a girl.... For 8 years of my life, ever since I hit puberty, I've been forced to endure an existence of lonliness and rejection and unfulfilled desires." (click here to watch the video)

Also in the video, Rodger expresses his confusion for why women did not desire him, declaring himself the "supreme gentleman," before going on to say, "I will punish you all for it." He declared that he was going to enter the "hottest sorority" on campus and "slaughter" people. In the video and manifesto, he seems most harsh towards women but also expresses his anger and jealousy towards sexually-active men.

Rodger's family, including his father Peter Rodger, a Hollywood director, say they tried to warn police about his mental state. Deputies checked on Rodger's welfare on April 30, and found he was "quiet," according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown during a press conference on Saturday, but they say it was not enough for a 5150, or involuntarily psychiatric hold.

The welfare check came after Rodger legally bought and registered three semi-automatic weapons in Oxnard, Goleta and Burbank. Police also say they found more than 400 rounds of ammunition in Rodger's car after his alleged shooting spree.

UC Santa Barbara student Andreas Pappas, who lives near where Rodger ultimately crashed into a parked car on Del Playa Drive, witnessed Rodger in his black BMW speeding down the road and missing his friend by just two or three feet. Pappas, along with many others we spoke to in the Isla Vista community, say they had not known of Rodger before Friday night.

"People are just totally distraught by this guy," said Isla Vista Church Pastor Jason Lomelino, who had also never heard of Rodger despite knowing many members of the community. "This guy was just lonely. Not to give him any reason for what he did, but at the same time we've got to look out for others, one another, reach out to people."

While the nation again talks about gun violence and mental illness -- the family attorney says Rodger was diagnosed with an ultra-high-achieving form of Asperger syndrome, on the autism spectrum -- anti-violence activists say Rodger's rants about sex and women should also open the door to address issues of masculinity and sexism in the United States.

"Rampage shootings and school shootings are in his typical pattern, which is that men who feel like they've been either marginalized, abused, harrassed or socially ostracized can develop a revenge fantasy, find firearms and then enact this script where they take control back," said anti-violence activist Jackson Katz, founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention.

Jackson added, "We talk about guns and the availability of guns and mental illness and how can we figure out how to get better mental health services. What almost nobody says in the mainstream conversation about those two factors is if it's about gun availability and mental illness, then why don't girls and women commit 50 percent of these acts? It is not about guns and mental illness, its about cultural ideas about manhood and how they correlate and intersect with the availability of guns and mental illness...It screams out for a national conversation about manhood, and sex, and violence, and relationships."

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4 months ago

Candlelight vigil honoring the victims of Isla Vista rampage

Thousands of people gathered in Isla Vista last night in a candlelight vigil for the six victims of Friday night's stabbing and shooting rampage.

The large group of students and people from the community walked in silence from UC Santa Barbara to a large park, walking part of the loop Elliot Rodger drove during his deadly rampage.

Rodger killed four men and two women, injuring 13 others before taking his own life.

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A look at 3 of the victims in the Isla Vista mass shooting

We do know the identies of just 3 of the 6 victims tonight.

22-year-old Katherine Cooper, a UCSB student.

Veronika Weiss, 19 years old, also a UCSB student.

20-year-old Christopher Michael-Martinez, a UCSB student who graduated from San Luis Obispo High School.

Three more victims were found inside the suspect's apartment. They have not yet been identified. All three male victims were found stabbed to death.

The lone killer, identified by Sheriff's officials as 22-year-old Elliott Rodger, is also dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Stay with KSBY and KSBY.com for all of the latest on this developing story.

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4 months ago

Coach: Isla Vista shooting victim was former San Luis Obispo High School student

A basketball coach at San Luis Obispo High School has confirmed to KSBY News that Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez, a 20-year-old UCSB English major killed in Friday night's shooting rampage in Isla Vista, attended San Luis Obispo High School.

Dan Monroe, the current women's varsity basketball coach at the high school, says Martinez went to the school all four of his high school years and graduated in 2012.

He tells KSBY: "Two things I loved/remembered about him was that he was a hard worker and never got down on himself when he made a mistake."

According to an earlier report from the Associated Press:

"Richard Martinez told reporters gathered outside a sheriff's department Saturday that his 20-year-old son Christopher Martinez, a sophomore at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was among the seven dead after the shootings near the school on Friday night.

Martinez choked back tears as he said, 'When will this insanity stop?'

He then shouted "we should say to ourselves 'not one more!'" before collapsing into tears as a chaplain led him into the station.

Martinez says he talked to his son just 45 minutes before he was shot and killed inside a deli. Martinez says his son's roommate tried to revive him, but he died at the scene."

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4 months ago

Suspected shooter posted 'rambling' manifesto

The student who killed six people near the University of California, Santa Barbara, detailed in a manifesto how deputies almost thwarted his killing plan.

Elliot Rodger wrote in the 141-page rambling document how he narrowly missed being found out when deputies knocked on his door last month.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says deputies checked on Rodger after being called by a concerned family member. The officers left after determining he didn't need to be locked up for mental-health reasons.

Rodger expressed relief that his apartment wasn't searched because deputies would have found his weapons and his writings and would have foiled his plan.

Brown says he won't second-guess his deputies' decision-making in the encounter.

Rodger carried out part of his plan before he was killed.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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4 months ago

UPDATE: Tragedy in Isla Vista: 7 dead in shooting rampage; 7 others hospitalized

May 24, 9:45 p.m.

Santa Barbara City College confirmed Saturday evening that alleged Isla Vista gunman Elliot Rodger attended the school on and off for the past three years, but had either stopped attending or withdrew from all courses.

School officials said they did not have any record of discipline or other issues concerning Rodger.

They also said none of the deceased victims were believed to be Santa Barbara City College students.

May 24, 9:35 p.m.

Six of the people injured in Friday night's deadly rampage in Isla Vista remain hospitalized Saturday night.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital officials say two patients are in serious condition, three are in fair condition, and one is in good condition. A seventh person who was treated there has been discharged. Hospital officials say four other patients were treated and released by the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Emergency Department overnight.

Dr. Stephen Kaminski, Director of Trauma Services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, released a statement, saying, "On behalf of Cottage Health System, I extend my condolences to the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with you.
We're deeply saddened by the events that occurred in our community.
We are doing everything we can to provide the best care to the victims who arrived at our hospitals last night, and our social workers and spiritual care team are providing support for the patients and their families."

May 24, 7:45 p.m.

A basketball coach at San Luis Obispo High School has confirmed to KSBY News that Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez, a 20-year-old UCSB English major killed in Friday night's shooting rampage in Isla Vista, attended San Luis Obispo High School.

Dan Monroe, the current women's varsity basketball coach at the high school, says Martinez went to the school all four of his high school years and graduated in 2012.

He tells KSBY: "Two things I loved/remembered about him was that he was a hard worker and never got down on himself when he made a mistake."

May 24, 2014 6:05 p.m.

According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, officials had three separate communications with the suspect prior to Friday night's incident. The first contact officials had with the suspect was in July of 2013 when they visited the suspect at a hospital. Elliot Rodger claimed to be a victim of an assault but upon further investigation it was believed Rodger was the aggressor. In January of 2014 Rodger contacted police, accusing his roommate of stealing three $22 candles. A citizen's arrest was made. In April of 2014 officials checked in with the suspect at a family member's request.

There were ten separate locations where criminal activity took place.

At the first location Elliot Rodger murdered three people at his residence. The victims were repeatedly stabbed, a brutal crime scene according to Sheriff Bill Brown.

The second location was Alpha Phi Sorority, where it is believed the suspect banged on the front door very loudly and aggressively, for one to two minutes. No one opened the door. Two women were killed outside of this sorority, 22-year-old Katherine Cooper and 19-year-old Veronika Weiss, and another woman was shot multiple times but has so far survived the incident.

The third location was at a deli where Rodger went inside and killed Christopher Michael-Martinez.

The fourth location the suspect shot at two people on the sidewalk while driving on the wrong side of the road, shooting through the driver's window.

The fifth location Rodger fired rounds at a female victim.

Fleeing from this fifth location, a deputy who was on foot at the time shot at the suspect.

The sixth location Rodger struck and killed a bicyclist with his vehicle, then fleeing from that crime scene he fired multiple shots at pedestrians at the seventh location.

There was another victim shot at the eighth location.

Deputies caught up with the suspect at the ninth location where the suspect fired shots and deputies returned fire, they believe striking the suspect in the hip while he drove away.

Elliot Rodger sped off at a high rate of speed and struck another bicyclist. The suspect's vehicle then crashed. When deputies arrived and dragged him out of the car, Rodger was obviously dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

In all, 13 people were injured: Four injuries by car, eight gunshot wounds and one unknown.

Rodger had three weapons in his vehicle with him, all legally purchased and all registered to the suspect. In all Rodger had 41 loaded rounds of magazines in his vehicle for his three guns.

May 24, 2014 4:25 p.m.

20-year-old Christopher Martinez, a UC Santa Barbara student, has been identified as one of the victims of the Isla Vista rampage Friday night.

May 24, 2014 2:50 p.m.

The community of Isla Vista and the entire Central Coast is reeling from a mass murder Friday night.

Gun shots first rang out at approximately 9:27 p.m. in Isla Vista. When Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies arrived they found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Minutes later, additional 9-1-1 calls detailed additional reports of shots fired in several other locations. Witnesses reported the gun shots coming from a lone shooter driving a black BMW.

At approximately 9:33 p.m., Santa Barbara County Deputies exchanged gunfire with the suspect. According to Sheriff's officials, after a gun battle, the suspect fled in his vehicle down Del Playa Drive and eventually crashed into a parked car. The suspect, now identified by KSBY-TV News as 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Rodger, was found dead in his vehicle. He appeared to have died from a gunshot wound but it is not clear at this time if he was shot by deputies. A semi-automatic handgun was recovered in the vehicle. (Scroll down for photos of the suspect)

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, "We are currently analyzing both written and videotaped evidence that suggests this atrocity was a premeditated mass murder."

After the chaos of those seven minutes, seven people were dead including the alleged gunman and seven more required hospitalization. It is believed some victims were struck by a vehicle while others were shot. All told there were nine crime scenes in Isla Vista.

KSBY has learned all survivors were originally transported to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara but their official conditions are unknown at this time.

The victim's names are not being released until next of kin are notified.

KSBY-TV news spoke to the lawyer for the Rodger family. Alan Shifman says the Rodger family believes their son, Elliot Rodger, was the shooter and the driver of the vehicle involved in the Isla Vista deadly rampage. He says family members contacted a police agency several weeks ago after being alarmed by YouTube videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people." Watch one of Elliot Rodger's YouTube videos here. Shifman said police conducted an investigation and interviewed the man. He also said that they found Rodger to be a "perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human." 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, Elliot Rodger's father, who was an assistant director on "The Hunger Games" film series.

Today, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) released the following statement following Friday night's shootings in Isla Vista:

"My heart is broken over the shooting in Isla Vista last night and the lives it claimed. Our community is grieving and many people are hurting from this senseless tragedy. Isla Vista is a special place, and an important part of our Central Coast community. We all join you in mourning and our prayers are with you," said Lois Capps in a written statement.

Capps added, "We've endured too many tragedies as a nation over the past few years. But now is a time for us to pray and to come together as a community. May God bless the memory of these victims, give strength to those who were injured, and support all who are touched by this unconscionable act."

City of Goleta Mayor Michael Bennett also released a written statement.

"We are distressed by the horrible events that occurred in Isla Vista last night and offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy. We hope for a quick recovery for the physically injured and emotionally wounded. The City of Goleta has offered and will continue to provide assistance to law enforcement, the University, and the County as they process this incident and provide support to those affected. Let's keep the community in our prayers as we deal with this horrific situation," said Bennett.

Santa Barbara City College stated it is working with UCSB to provide counseling and support to their students. The college will also provide on campus support for SBCC students who return to class next week. SBCC President Lori Gaskin said, "In times of tragedy, we need to turn to each other for support, care for each other as we grieve for the victims, and pull together in compassion and strength."

Meanwhile the University of California Santa Barbara officials say the UCSB Police Department is working closely with the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office in support of the ongoing investigation. The University released a statement stating, "We have been notified that several of our students were taken to local hospitals last night, but we do not have additional information at this time. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those affected."

The University has been making counseling services available for students throughout the night and has set up emergency housing for displaced students. The University is also setting up a call center for parents and students with questions. The 24/7 UCSB counseling hotline is available for emergency support and referrals at (805) 893-4411. Professional counseling support is now also be available on campus today (5/24) at the Student Resource Building.

"While details on the shooting are scarce and families are still being notified, the campus is already taking steps in response. University officials have set up a room for families who are coming to campus, and are making counseling services available to any students, faculty and staff who need our support. UC Santa Barbara officials are also working with the local County Sheriff's Office and have opened the campus' Emergency Operations Center. We will share additional information as it becomes available."

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following statement:

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of a mass shooting last night in the Isla Vista area near UC Santa Barbara. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy, their families and the entire Santa Barbara community. I have been in touch with UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang since the news broke, and have told him the UC Office of the President will assist his campus in any way we can," said Napolitano.

KSBY News will broadcast a news conference with the latest information at 4:00 p.m. on KSBY and stream it online on www.ksby.com.

Anyone who has information or may have been a witness to any of the incidents Friday night is asked to call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office tip line at (805) 681-4171.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

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4 months ago

Sheriff: Calif. gunman killed 3 people at home

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a California gunman who went on a shooting rampage near a Santa Barbara university killed three people at his apartment.

The three people were among the six left dead Friday night during the shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The suspected gunman was also fatally shot.

Sheriff Bill Brown called it a "chaotic, rapidly unfolding convoluted incident" that involved multiple crime scenes.

Brown on Saturday identified the gunman as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a student at Santa Barbara City College.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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4 months ago

Tearful plea from victim's dad in deadly rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A man whose son was among the victims killed in a shooting rampage near a California university quaked with grief and rage as he described his "lost and broken" family and the proliferation of guns he believes led to his son's death.

Richard Martinez told reporters gathered outside a sheriff's department Saturday that his 20-year-old son Christopher Martinez, a sophomore at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was among the seven dead after the shootings near the school on Friday night.

Martinez choked back tears as he said, "When will this insanity stop?"

He then shouted "we should say to ourselves 'not one more!'" before collapsing into tears as a chaplain led him into the station.

Martinez says he talked to his son just 45 minutes before he was shot and killed inside a deli. Martinez says his son's roommate tried to revive him, but he died at the scene.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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4 months ago

Donate to the victims of Isla Vista

KSBY-TV, Heritage Oaks Bank and the Santa Barbara Foundation have teamed together to do what we can to help the victim's families and the survivors of the Isla Vista Rampage.

Our viewers can make a tax deductible donation at any Heritage Oaks Bank starting Tuesday morning.

You can also make an online donation --- just click here.

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4 months ago

PHOTOS: Isla Vista Rampage

NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL VIEWERS. We just got in some new photos from the mass shooting last night, courtesy of Zack Warburg.

KSBY TV and KSBY.com will carry the news conference happening today at 4:00 p.m.

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4 months ago

RAW VIDEO: Isla Vista Rampage

We have compiled some raw video and an interview regarding the Isla Vista shootings on Friday night that left seven dead and seven victims in local area hospitals.

There will be a press conference today at 4:00 p.m. with all the latest information about the shooting. You can watch it on KSBY TV, The CW and live streamed on KSBY.com.

Stay with KSBY.com for all the latest news.

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4 months ago

Rep. Lois Capps reacts to Isla Vista shooting

SANTA BARBARA- Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) released a statement early Saturday morning in response to Friday's shootings in Isla Vista.

"My heart is broken over the shooting in Isla Vista last night and the lives it claimed. Our community is grieving and many people are hurting from this senseless tragedy. Isla Vista is a special place, and an important part of our Central Coast community. We all join in mourning and our prayers are with you. We've endured too many tragedies as a nation over the past few years. But now is a time for us to pray and to come together as a community. May God bless the memory of these victims, give strength to those who were injured, and support all who are touched by this unconscionable act."

Friday's shooting claimed the lives of seven, including alleged shooter Elliot Rodger. Seven victims remain in local area hospitals.

Stay tuned with KSBY and KSBY.com for more information.

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4 months ago

Goleta Mayor releases statement on Isla Vista shooting

GOLETA- Mayor Michael T. Bennett released a statement early Saturday morning in response to the shootings that took place in Isla Vista Friday night.

"We are distressed by the horrible events that occurred in Isla Vista last night and offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy. We hope for a quick recovery for the physically injured and emotionally wounded. The City of Goleta has offered and will continue to provide assistance to law enforcement, the University, and the County as they process this incident and provide support to those affected. Let's keep the community in our prayers as we deal with this horrific situation."

After receiving information from the family's attorney, Alan Shifman, KSBY confirmed the alleged shooter is Elliot Rodger.

Friday's shooting left seven dead including the alleged shooter, and seven victims are still in local area hospitals.

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4 months ago

Attorney: son suspected in shooting rampage

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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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4 months ago

Alleged suspect named in Isla Vista Shootings

KSBY News has confirmed that Elliot Rodger is the alleged gunman in the Isla Vista shootings that left seven dead including the shooter, and seven injured in local area hospitals.

We received this information this morning from Alan Shifman, attorney for the Rodger family. He is heading to the Rodger's home to make a statement.

According to the Associated Press the family recently notified police of some disturbing videos.

Stay tuned to KSBY and KSBY.com for more information.

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4 months ago

Press Release from UC Santa Barbara regarding the Isla Vista shootings

UC Santa Barbara issued a press release this morning. They state that they are closely monitoring the details that are emerging from the shootings in Isla Vista on Friday night.

They have been notified that several students were taken to hospitals Friday night but have no additional information.

Counseling services are available for students on campus at the Student Resource Building and the university has set up emergency housing for displaced students. There is also a call center for parents and students with questions (805) 893-4411. This is a 24/7 UCSB counseling hotline, available for emergency support and referrals.

Statement from University of California President Janet Napolitano:

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of a mass shooting last night in the Isla Vista area near UC Santa Barbara. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy, their families and the entire Santa Barbara community. I have been in touch with UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang since the news broke, and have told him the UC Office of the President will assist his campus in any way we can.

"While details on the shooting are scarce and families are still being notified, the campus is already taking steps in response. University officials have set up a room for families who are coming to campus, and are making counseling services available to any students, faculty and staff who need our support. UC Santa Barbara officials are also working with the local County Sheriff's Office and have opened the campus' Emergency Operations Center. We will share additional information as it becomes available."

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4 months ago

SBSO: Gunman among 7 dead in Isla Vista shooting rampage; 7 others injured

Seven people are dead and seven others are hospitalized with gunshot wounds and other traumatic injuries after a shooting rampage in Isla Vista Friday night, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

The shootings began shortly before 9:30 p.m. and the suspected gunman is believed to be among those killed.

When sheriff's deputies responded to the area, they say several people had already been shot.

While they were helping those victims and getting suspect information, they say more reports of shots fired in other parts of Isla Vista came in.

A description of the gunman's vehicle was sent out and around 9:33 p.m., the person in that vehicle began shooting at deputies.

They shot back, but say the gunman took off and later crashed into a parked vehicle on Del Playa Drive after exchanging more gunfire with another deputy.

Officials say the gunman, whose name has not yet been released, died from an apparent gunshot wound, but authorities do not know if it was self-inflicted. A semi-automatic handgun was found in the vehicle, officials say.

The Sheriff's Office believes that person acted alone and says this may have been a pre-meditated mass murder based on written and video evidence being analyzed.

The Sheriff's Office is working with many other agencies to conduct the investigation, which they say involves nearly 10 different crime scenes.

Anyone who has information or may have been a witness to any of the incidents Friday night is asked to call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office tip line at (805) 681-4171.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

Stay with KSBY and KSBY.com for updates to this story as they become available.

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4 months ago

7 confirmed dead in multiple shootings in Isla Vista

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has confirmed that seven people were killed - including the gunman - and an additional seven victims were injured in multiple shootings in the Isla Vista area that happened at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday night.

UC Santa Barbara police say there was at least one gunman and two people are in custody.

Multiple pedestrians and bikers were also been hit by vehicles.

Isla Vista residents were urged to stay indoors and police were roping off the area of the shootings.

Stay with KSBY for more information as it becomes available.

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