The man suspected of killing six people in the Santa Barbara area on Friday night has been identified as Elliot Rodger, the son of an assistant director on The Hunger Games.
“The Rodger family offers our deepest compassion and sympathies to the families involved in this terrible tragedy,” the family said in a statement obtained by People. “We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain and our hearts go out to everyone involved.” Peter Rodger served as a second-unit director on the first installment of the popular film franchise.
According to authorities, the 22-year-old went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three men in his apartment before driving a BMW in a series of shootings. He fatally shot two female university students in front of a sorority and a third male student inside a deli. Thirteen people were injured, including two bicyclists hit by Rodger’s car, while others were hit by gunfire before the car crashed. Rodger — a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome, family lawyers tell ABC — was found dead with a gunshot to the head. Authorities believe the wound was was self-inflicted. READ FULL STORY