UCSB Shooter ID'd as Hollywood Director's Son

Elliot Rodger is son of Peter Rodger, second unit director on "The Hunger Games."

Elliot Rodger, Facebook photo.
Elliot Rodger, Facebook photo.

Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old Woodland Hills native who identified himself on the Internet as a man with a plan to kill female college students at UC Santa Barbara because he was lonely, is the son of a Hollywood director, Deadline.com reports.

Rodger's dad, Peter, was the second unit director on the Hunger Games.

Rodger has been identified by the UCSB newspaper, the Daily Nexus, and the Santa Barbara Independent as the man who killed six people in a shooting spree and gunbattle Friday night. He was found dead in his car, possibly by suicide, during a six-minute shooting spree in Isla Vista, a predominately-student neighborhood next to the UCSB campus.

"Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience," said the first paragraph in a blog called "Elliot Rodger's Official Blog."

"As I've said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends.

"I wish girls were attracted to me, I don't know why they aren't."

In a YouTube video apparently posted by Rodger on Friday, he calmly sat in the driver's seat of a car and detailed plans to "slaughter" "the hottest sorority girls" at UCSB.

Rodger said on his blog he was born in Britain and raised in Calabasas and Woodland Hills, and was living in Isla Vista, 95 miles west of Los Angeles.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said investigators had the gunman's name, but were not releasing it. Rodger's name surfaced in the Santa Barbara newspapers several hours after the shooting, attributed to eyewitnesses.

Six people were killed, plus the suspected gunman, and seven others wounded, Brown said, when shooting broke out just before 9:30 p.m. Friday. One of the injured persons was in surgery and listed in critical condition, but was expected to survive, the sheriff said.

Deputies have not said if the gunman was killed in the gunfight or took his life.

In the video, shot at sunset, Rodger looked into a camera on his dashboard, and pronounced his plans in a dramatic, deliberate tone.

"I'll take to the streets of Isla Vista, and slay every single person I see there, all those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I've had to rot in loneliness, they all looked down at me as I tried to join them, they all treated me like a mouse, but now, I will be a god compared to you."

Rodger's family had originally lived in Britain, and London newspapers report they have been told the young man was receiving treatment for mental health issues.

Quoting an unnamed family attorney, The Express said the mother had called police when she discovered her son had posted a "disturbing" YouTube video in the past.

--City News Service

George May 24, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Probably some crazed gay. Lots of them in West Hollywood.
A different Paul May 25, 2014 at 11:15 PM
gay guys getting upset that women aren't interested in them? Don't think so. You come across as someone with a tenuous connection to reality when you post things like that. It is clearly mental illness- which naturally explains why the girls avoid him. Hardly need to go digging amongst your prejudices to explain the behavior.
M.r. Passan May 24, 2014 at 05:33 PM
wtf George. Not only is that insensitive but it also doesn't even make sense. Jerk.
George Vreeland Hill May 24, 2014 at 07:09 PM
The whole situation is sad and senseless. While we can't control what is in someone's mind, we can control guns. This sort of thing can be prevented.
George May 26, 2014 at 01:29 AM
My comment was before the full story was revealed. Obviously this young man was deeply disturbed but people looked the other way. There is a crazy man in his late 60's wearing a bad wig who wanders the streets of West Hollywood in a filthy dirty robe who thinks he's Jesus Christ. People have accused him of peeking in their widows and masterbating in public. People like the young man who killed all those innocent people and this mad man walking the streets of West Hollywood need to be in mental hospitals under constant supervision. The Reagan administration set the looms out on the streets.


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