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  • 24 May 2014, 20:26

Revenge Video Link To Drive-By Mass Shooting

A revenge video in which a young man threatens to slaughter "spoilt, stuck-up, blonde" women is at the centre of an investigation into a drive-by shooting that left seven people dead.

The gunman was among the dead and seven others were injured in Friday night's rampage in Isla Vista - a student enclave next to the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The attacker opened fire as young people were out socialising in the small beachside town on a bustling Memorial Day weekend. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said authorities are looking at written and video evidence that suggests "this atrocity was a premeditated mass murder".

A Hollywood director believes his British-born son is responsible for the attack.

Peter Rodger, who was assistant director on The Hunger Games, has not seen the body, according to his attorney, Alan Shifman. 

But he said the family had been told their son was killed and it is suspected he killed six people. 

Officers are looking at a YouTube video in which a young man named Elliot Rodger makes a chilling tirade against women and the rest of humanity, threatening to take revenge.

The person in the video, which was posted the day before the shooting, promises a "day of retribution".

During a rant lasting nearly seven minutes, he says it is "not fair" that he is still a virgin and has never even kissed a girl.

"You throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men," he says, "instead of me - the supreme gentleman - I will punish all of you for it."

The killer was driving a black BMW and had two gun battles with police before crashing into a parked car.

Sheriff Brown said deputies had found the attacker dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

It is not known whether he was shot by deputies, or if his wound was self-inflicted.

Sheriff Brown said the shootings occurred at several sites in the town, resulting in nine crime scenes.

He said the gunman is believed to have acted alone. A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene.

Sheriff Brown said the gunman's name would be released once relatives had been notified.

A student told KEYT-TV he saw shots fired from the car, killing one woman and critically injuring another.

"I heard shots, screams, pain," Michael Vitak said. "All emotions. I hope she is going to be fine."

One shaken student told the station she had been approached by the driver of a black BMW who flashed a handgun and asked: "Hey, what's up?"

Little is know about the possible suspect in the shooting.

He apparently kept a blog in which he said: "I wish girls were attracted to me - I don't know why they aren't."

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