Man’s Inhumanity To The Transgender Community. This MUST STOP.


By The Militant Negro, Jueseppi B.

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Man’s Inhumanity To The Transgender Community.

 

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Body of transgender woman found shot to death, left on a Cincinnati street

 

  Saturday, June 28, 2014

 

CINCINNATI, Ohio – A transgender woman was found dead Thursday morning in the middle of a Cincinnati street.

 

Tiffany Edwards, 28, had been shot to death, according to news reports, which said her body was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday by a city sanitation driver.

 

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Local news reports identified her as DeAndre Edwards and didn’t mention her gender identity, but BRAVO — the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization — said Edwards identified as Tiff or Tiffany.

 

BRAVO also said it believes the murder was hate-motivated and that Edwards was targeted based on perception of her gender identity and expression.

 

“BRAVO is saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted,” Executive Director Gloria McCauley said in a statement.

 

Aaron Eckhardt, BRAVO training and technical assistance director said it’s the fourth killing nationwide this month of a transgender woman of color. A 2013 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that transgender people were the victims in half the hate-crime killings of LGBT people, and people of color are the victims  in 75 percent of the killings.

 

Edwards’ death is the fourth murder of a transgender woman in Ohio in the past 18 months, and the third murder of a young transgender woman of color:

 

 

  • Betty Skinner, 52, was found dead in her Cleveland apartment in December by a home health worker.

 

  • Brittany Stergis, 22, was found dead in a car in Cleveland, also in December. She had been shot to death. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder earlier this month.

 

“The brutality and violence we see being committed against trans communities of color is real. It’s happening in our own cities, in our own state. This violence needs to end. Trans lives matter,” Shane Morgan, said founder and chair of TransOhio.

 

McCauley said the latest killing underscores the need for discussion and action on hate crimes against LGBT people. Ohio’s hate-crimes law does not cover crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

The murders of two other transgender women are being investigated in California and in Florida.

 

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Body of transgender woman found burned, dumped behind garbage bin

 

 Monday, June 23, 2014

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More than 200 people attended a vigil Sunday to honor a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin in Fort Myers, Fla., last week.

 

The bloody and charred body of 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez was discovered on a dead-end road behind a truck rental facility shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 19.

 

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31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez

 

Workers reported that Shancez’ body was “still smoldering” when she was discovered.

 

Family and friend describe Shancez — nicknamed “Miss T” — as a proud transgender woman who loved being surrounded by endless relatives at family barbecues, and who never forgot to say I love you.

 

No arrests have been made in what authorities are calling a homicide, but have not classified as a hate crime.

 

In 2013, 13 of the 18 documented anti-LGBTQ homicides were transgender women and 89 percent of the victims were people of color, GLAAD reports.

 

In California, police are investigating the death of another transgender woman whose body was found June 12 behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim, Calif.

 

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Not one single human is safe in this nation until every single human is safe in this nation. The sexual orientation of a person does not allow for that person to be abused, bullied, harassed or systematically murdered.

 

What makes a coward man think he has the right to take a life, especially because he is too chickenshit to accept the fact that humans have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness dependent upon their own individual ideas of what life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is to them?

 

The problem with Americans in 2014 is their lack of the ability to mind their own muthafuckin business and leave others the fuck alone. I hate AmeriKKKa and coward ass AmeriKKKans.

 

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President Barack Obama On Father’s Day.


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From The President….President Barack Obama On Father’s Day.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, watch on television as first lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House in Washington

Hi, everyone –

 

Today, I’m thinking about all the dads across the country, spending time with family and loved ones — and especially those fathers serving our country overseas, who can’t be home with their kids today.

 

But I’m also thinking about all the young people out there who don’t have a dad in their lives at all — or who don’t always enjoy the opportunities and support that come with having strong role models.

 

It reminds me why we started the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the first place: because we need to do more to help young people go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them, no matter what they look like or where they grow up.

 

I know I’m only here because people took a chance on me, and believed in me when I didn’t always believe in myself. And I want to give more kids that chance. It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort, from the folks on my staff — to you.

 

You can invest in our young people, and help them be successful. You can commit to doing it right now.

 

Make a pledge to mentor a young person in your community here.

 

For me, this is personal.

 

And for millions of young Americans around the country, it just might be life-changing.

 

Thank you — and Happy Father’s Day.

President Barack Obama

 

 

Happy Fathers Day To Barack Obama On Father’s Day.

 

You just can’t fake this………….

 

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A Group You Should Know: Women Against Gun Violence. (WAGV)


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I was 6 years old in 1999 when I was shot at what used to be referred to as “the” Jewish Community Center shooting. Sadly, after this past Sunday we can no longer refer to that shooting as the only one. To the survivors of the Kansas shootings I say “Turn to your respective congregations for support. Take your time. Heal. Mourn. And then become activists to make change. Being an activist has been the most healing and rewarding decision I made. Although there will always be those who hate others, they won’t always have access to guns … but in order for this to happen we need to act together to pressure our policymakers and our legislators to implement the laws that could have prevented this tragedy and could prevent future tragedies. Hatred and bigotry has no place in such a progressive nation as ours. In this time of mourning I am reminded of my pain and I can confidently say that although life will never be the same, it will get better!”

 

Josh Stepakoff
Gun Violence Survivor and Board Member of Women Against Gun Violence

 

Women Against Gun Violence

 

About WAGV

 

In 1993, in response to the gun industry’s expansive marketing campaign toward women, the surging handgun homicide rates, and believing that women are agents of social change, then 64 year old Los Angeles Police Commissioner Ann Reiss Laneco-coordinated with Betty Friedan, leader of the feminist movement and author of The Feminine Mystique, a national conference that articulated guns and gun violence as a women’s issue and a public health concern. This coalition of women and their families hoped to profoundly change the climate of the gun violence debate by working with elected officials, survivors, and communities. Out of this conference Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV) was born. Now, in 2013, both women and men make up WAGV’s Board of Directors as it educates the public, policymakers and the media about the human, financial and public health consequences of gun violence.

 

Traditional approaches to fighting gun violence have been largely limited to policy development and lobbying government to pass more restrictive firearms laws. While policy advocacy is essential and part of what we do, our founding innovative idea of taking on gun violence as a women’s issue and focusing on violence prevention on a community level forms the basis of our program work.

 

Speakers Bureau

WAGV’s Speakers Bureau is a substantive component of our other successful programs, providing the “heart” of gun violence. Made up of both adults and youth who have lost a loved one to gun violence or survived a gunshot wound themselves, Speakers Bureau members share their stories to educate and support others.

 

 

Dodgin’ the Bullet

Using a game show format, WAGV’s Speakers Bureau delivers to youth throughout Los Angeles County an interactive gun violence prevention workshop that addresses the issue of gun violence and its relationship to gangs, suicide, bully, and dating.

 

 

GunsSuck Initiative

WAGV has built a coalition of concerned citizens including policymakers, high school students, and PTA members to address the issue of billboard movie advertisements and transit shelter (bus) posters that depict and glamorize gun violence. The goal is to encourage billboard companies to voluntarily relocate their advertisements away from schools and high-crime neighborhoods.

 

 

Keepin’ Them Safe & Gun Lock Giveaway

WAGV and its Speakers Bureau work with parents in a role-play setting to teach parents when, what, and how to ask their neighbors and others if they have a gun in the home and what safety precautions are taken.

 

In a further effort to keep our children safe, WAGV is working with the Los Angeles School Police Department to distribute gun locks to the community along with materials explaining the important of keeping guns locked up and the legal consequences if you do not.

 

 

TALK

WAGV’s TALK program works with school districts throughout Southern California to distribute life-saving information to the parents of elementary school children.  Materials/Brochures include Talking With Your Children About Guns (available in both Spanish and English); ASK Your Neighbors About Guns (also available in both Spanish and English); and Lock It Up (Spanish and English availability as well).  Unintentional gun deaths by and of children can be avoided. Talk with your children about guns; Ask your neighbors about guns; Lock your guns up safely and securely; Keep all of our kids safe!

 

 

Outreach and Advocacy

Since its inception, WAGV and its Speakers Bureau have been leaders in encouraging advocacy for sensible firearms legislation at the local, regional and state level, and have reached out to hundreds of community members who are committed to reducing gun violence in Los Angeles County and throughout the state. By presenting current and accurate data to both the community and to policymakers while at the same time sharing tragic personal stories, WAGV has helped make California one of the leaders in sensible gun legislation.

 

 

Get Involved

 

Gun Violence affects all of us every day, directly and indirectly. By becoming involved with WAGV, you can support the fight to end gun violence and help make our communities safer and healthier. There are several ways to become involved, including:

 

 

Events

 

We invite you to join us for our upcoming events — from our Annual Courageous Leadership Awards Brunch to our programs. Find out more about becoming involved with WAGV, and how you can participate.

 

 

About Gun Violence

 

Over 1,000 people a day are directly affected by gun violence in the United States. That doesn’t include grieving family members and friends and the grief of the community at large. It does include:

87 people a day killed in homicides, by suicide, or by an unintentional shooting

201 people a day shot and injured

732 people a day who are victims of armed robbery or aggravated assault with a gun

 

 

Donate

 

Make a Donation Today!

Much of the work that Women Against Gun Violence does in the community is made possible by the generous financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations. Half of our annual budget is provided by public donations. Your generous support will assist our programs and their success.

 

To make an online donation or purchase tickets by credit card please use the Donate Now button. You can also use Indiegogo, PayPal or mail in a check to the address below.

 

To send a check, please mail your contribution to:
WAGV
8800 Venice Blvd. suite 304
Los Angeles , CA 90034

 

 

In Memoriam

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those wounded and lost at the Washington Navy Yard.

 

This memorial is dedicated to honoring the lives of our family members and friends who have been killed by a gun. The WAGV online memorial provides healing for those who have lost a loved one, acts as a unique way for viewers to share their loss, and humanizes the issue to others. Help us as we remember those lost to gun violence.

 

If you would like to honor a friend or family member with Women Against Gun Violence, please email us at wagv@wagv.org.

 

 

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We Stand: A Video Petition To Congress

 

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Women Against Gun Violence delivered to every member on Congress We Stand: A Video Petition To Congress. People from around our nation participated in this video petition, telling Congress about their desire for sensible gun regulation.

 

We Stand- Gun Control

 

Published on Jan 1, 2013

Hi, I’m Heidi Ferrer, http://www.GirltoMom.com is my blog and I’m on the web series talk show “Mother Bloggers” on http://www.FirstRun.tv – I’m a mother of a 5 year old boy and I stand united for an assault weapons ban, for closing the gun show loophole and for a ban on high capacity magazines. Enough with gun violence in America- I am also part of the L.A. grass roots activist group ENOUGH! You can buy my first novel “Crooked Love” on Amazon. This video was shot as part of the We Stand Video Petition to Congress.

 

 

 

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ENOUGH! Activist gathering to change our gun laws.

 

 

 

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Women Against Gun Violence

 

 

 

Call Your Representative It’s time for responsible solutions. Call your member of Congress: 888 284-5479.

Call Your Representative
It’s time for responsible solutions. Call your member of Congress: 888 284-5479.

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University Of California Santa Barbara Isla Vista Shooting Rampage: 7 Reported Dead Including 22 Year Old Shooter, Elliot Rodger.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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22-year-old Elliot Rodger as the suspect who opened fire Friday night in a busy commercial strip just outside the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.

 

Elliot Rodger’s Retribution | Elliot Rodgers Retribution | Elliot Rodger Haunting Final Video [RAW]

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Haunting final video of Elliot Rodgers titled ‘Retribution’ Elliot Rodger Retribution California Drive-by Shootings. Elliot Rodger’s Retribution | Premeditated Mass Murder. California shooting: Elliot Rodger suspected of killing six. Elliot Rodger is suspected of shooting dead six people before turning the gun on himself, in a rage against being rejected by women.

 

 

Just a quick note from me, Jueseppi B: After reading the 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter, Elliot Rodger’s  apartment, and watching the above video, I see no real reason to label him a mental illness case, or to categorize his shooting rampage as the work of a mentally disturbed person. Elliot Rodger was a spoiled dumbass vile caucasian rich kid, who was ignored by females.  The key word here is “spoiled.”

 

 

Raw: Vigil Held to Honor Shooting Victims

 

 

The following blog post was compiled with articles and photo images from ABC NEWS, KTLA 5, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Gawker, and ATLAS LEFT.

 

7 Dead in California Drive by Shootings Isla Vista Seven Killed

 

Seven people, including a suspected gunman, died in drive-by shootings Friday night in a small Southern California college town, a rampage that authorities believe to be “premeditated,” Santa Barbara County sheriff‘s deputies said Saturday.
The shootings occurred in Isla Vista near the University of California-Santa Barbara. Seven people also were being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, including at least one who was in surgery, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

 

 

 

Cops identify California drive-by shooter

 

Published on May 24, 2014

The Santa Barbara sheriff’s department provides details about the suspect in the California drive-by shootings.

 

 

 

Police give shooting timeline

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Police detail the events of the deadly drive-by shootings in California.

 

 

 

Father of victim: ‘Too many have died’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Shooting victim Christopher Martinez’s father blames “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” for his son’s death.

 

 

 

Ten minutes of terror in college town

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Witnesses share accounts of the shooting spree that terrorized a California college town.

 

 

 

Witness: ‘It was a huge shock’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

CNN’s Sara Sidner spoke with student Kyle Sullivan about the horrific aftermath of the “mass murder” in California.

 

 

 

Raw: Shooting Rampage Near UC Santa Barbara

 

Published on May 24, 2014

A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. (May 24)

 

 

 

Three Bodies and 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter’s Apartment

 

Posted by: John Prager

 

The 22-year old son of Peter Rodger, second unit director of the first Hunger Games movie, had a few issues with his virginity. In fact, his inability to find even one woman who would kiss him led him to develop a deep-seated hatred for all who were fortunate enough to have had squishy, skin-slapping, ecstasy-filled experiences. His jealousy built into a rage and his rage into an irrational furor.

 

22-year-old Elliot Rodger posted a short video on YouTube explaining his motive for what he would do just hours later. “If I had it in my power. I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood,” adding “You deserve to be annihilated, and I will give that to you,” he said, speaking of what he termed his “day of retribution.”

 

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The police investigation naturally led to Rodger’s apartment, where police made a grisly discovery: along with a 141-page, 107,927-word autobiographical manifesto titled My Twisted World, bodies were discovered. It is unclear if the three bodies police were seen pulling from the apartment adds to the body count, or if they were among the original six, however.

 

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Santa Barbara Shooter Was Angry Girls Were ‘Repulsed by Me’

 

By BEN CANDEA and MARK MOONEY via GOOD MORNING AMERICA

 

The California college student who police said is the Santa Barbara gunman described himself as the “ultimate gentleman,” but was baffled – and angry – why the “many beautiful girls here… are so repulsed by me.”

 

Elliot Rodger, who was also identified by his family’s lawyer as the man who killed six and wounded 13 in a furious rampage Friday, said in a blog that his loneliness was the “darkest hell.”

 

Rodger, 22, clearly identifies himself on several YouTube videos and a blog as well as a 141 page manifesto lamenting his lonely life.

 

“I’ve been alone for a very long time. I’ve been attending college in Santa Barbara for 2 and half years now. And in those 2.5 years I’ve experienced nothing but loneliness and misery,” he said in a YouTube video.

 

“It doesn’t make sense. I do everything I can to appear attractive to you,” Rodger said in a message to women in general. “I dress nice. I’m sophisticated. I’m magnificent. I have a nice car… I’m the ultimate gentleman. And yet, you girls you never give me a chance. I don’t know why.”

 

Alan Schifman, the lawyer for the Rodger family, said he was being treated by several therapists and recently his parents and a social worker had become so alarmed by his behavior and his videos that they had reported him to police.

 

His loneliness was agony for the young student.

 

“I see so many beautiful, blonde haired girls. So many beautiful blonde-haired girls walking around everywhere. In your revealing shorts. Your cascading blonde hair. Your pretty faces. And I want one for a girlfriend… I’m 22 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’m still a virgin. I’ve never had the pleasure of having sex with a girl. Sleeping with a girl. Kissing a girl. I’ve never even held a girl’s hand,” he said in a video.

 

Rodger’s most ominous video made shortly before Friday’s shooting spree was titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.”

 

“Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me,” he says. He added that it was to be his last video.

 

While Rodger struggled with loneliness, his father Peter Rodger moved among the glamor of Hollywood. Peter Rodger was an assistant director on one of the “Hunger Games” movies.

 

His son recounts his efforts to fit in.

 

“I put a lot of effort into dressing nice. These sunglasses here, were $300. Giorgio Armani,” he said in a video.

 

He recalled how “unfair” it was during a recent shopping trip to Trader Joe’s when a “disgusting loser” entered the store “with these two beautiful blonde girls at his side.”

 

“I was of course all alone as I always am,” he said.

 

Rodger also wrote a blog post in April titled “Lonely in Santa Barbara.”

 

“Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience,” it read. “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.”

 

Police haven’t confirmed whether the person who posted the videos or the man in them is the suspect in the Santa Barbara shooting. Schifman said the family contacted police about the videos, which led to an investigation.

 

Schifman said Rodger was diagnosed as being a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome and had faced bullying through much of his life as he had trouble making friends.

 

 

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Isla Vista Shooting Rampage, 3 UCSB Students Identified as Victims

 

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Three victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista and the suspected gunman were identified by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Saturday. The names of three other people who died during a stabbing incident prior to the shooting had not been released.

 

Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Rodger, 22, was identified as the gunman by Santa Barbara Sheriff and Coroner Bill Brown on Saturday.

 

Rodger allegedly killed seven people and injured 13 others Friday night using his BMW, one or more guns and sharp objects.

 

Three males had been repeatedly stabbed with sharp objects at a residence in the 6500 block of Seville Road (map) before Rodger’s shooting spree, Brown said.

 

Rodger then shot multiple people as he drove around Isla Vista, killing three.

 

 

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Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

 

Veronika Weiss was a student at University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Weiss was standing outside the Alpha Phi sorority house in the 800 block of Embarcadero del Norte (map) when she and two others were shot, Brown said. One of the three victims was expected to survive.

 

It was not known if any victims were members of the sorority.

 

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Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Cooper was with Weiss when Rodger opened fire on the two women.

Cooper studied art history and archaeology at UCSB, according to her Facebook.

She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills in 2010.

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Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

 

Michael-Martinez’s father, Richard Martinez, spoke about his son’s death outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” he said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

Martinez blamed “irresponsible politicians” and the National Rifle Association for his son’s death during his statement.

 

The UCSB student was inside a delicatessen when Rodger shot him, Brown said.

 

 

Three college students were identified Saturday as the victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista that killed seven people, including the alleged gunman.

 

Veronika Weiss, 19, Katie Cooper, 22, and Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, all attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” Chris’s father said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

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Shooting rampage that killed 7 near UCSB planned, authorities say

 

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Authorities on Saturday said they believe a shooting rampage that left seven people dead in the UC Santa Barbara campus town of Isla Vista was a premeditated attack and are looking at a video in which a young man threatens violence in the area.

The shootings Friday night left Isla Vista reeling as police tried to piece together what they described as multiple crime scenes. The gunman, who was killed, opened fire from inside a black BMW, witnesses said.

 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s retribution” “appears to be connected at this time” but would not elaborate.

Brown called the shooting “the work of a madman.”

The video appears to have been made by a young man who identified himself on his blog as a student in Santa Barbara.

“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male,” the man says on the video, sitting in a car.

 

On the six-minute video, he talks about feeling alienated and rejected by women.

“I will be a god compared to you. You will all be animals. You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species,” he says.

“Yes, after I have 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.”

 

Authorities said they are looking at videotaped as well as written evidence related to the shooting. But the man on the tape has not been named as a suspect.

Various media outlets in Hollywood and London reported that the man in the video was the son of commercial photographer and director Peter Rodger.

Rodger shot numerous commercials and was a unit director on the “The Hunger Games,” according to his IMDB profile.

 

Calls to phone numbers listed for Peter Rodger were not immediately  returned.

 

The shootings began at 9:27 p.m. in Isla Vista. As deputies were tending to the injured in the first round of shootings, reports of gunfire in several other areas of the college community were reported.

Six minutes after the first 911 call came in, an unidentified man began shooting at deputies, who returned fire. He fled and seconds later was spotted by another deputy, prompting another firefight.

He then took off down Del Playa Drive and crashed into a parked vehicle, the Sheriff’s Department said. When deputies approached the vehicle they discovered the man was dead and recovered a semiautomatic handgun.

 

The seven injured people are being treated for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries; their conditions are unknown. At least one of them has undergone surgery.

Authorities are investigating nine crime scenes and are interviewing a large number of witnesses, sheriff’s officials said.

Nikolaus Becker was eating outside the Habit, 888 Embarcadero Del Norte, near the scene when the first shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. At first he thought it was firecrackers. A group of three to five police officers who were nearby started to casually walk toward the sounds, said Becker, but ran when a second round of shots broke out.

The school’s police department is working with the sheriff’s office on the investigation. In addition, the university has established emergency housing for students displaced by the shooting and the investigation.

Police already had a beefed up law-enforcement presence in Isla Vista on Friday night, Brown said. The area is known for its partying; last month, a party turned into a riot that saw multiple people arrested and dozens hospitalized. As a result, there were more officers in Isla Vista than there would have been on another night of the week, he said.

 

 

Update at 7:20 p.m. ET. Victim’s Father Speaks:

In a brief press conference seen on CNN, Ricardo Martinez said his son, 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, was killed in the shooting.

“When will this insanity stop? … Too many have died. We should say to ourselves ‘not one more,’ ” he said.

 

 

Update at 6:50 p.m. ET. UC Santa Barbara Chancellor:

In a letter to the UC Santa Barbara community, University of California Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Young said the university was “horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic events in Isla Vista last night.”

Young says the school has set up a campus call center and is working with police and local authorities to provide information as it becomes available.

He also thanks the campus police “who acted quickly and courageously to protect our students and other Isla Vista residents and prevent an even greater tragedy from unfolding.”

 

 

Update at 2:36 p.m. ET. Some Students:

In a statement, UC Santa Barbara says that some of those injured during last night’s shooting were students.

University of California President Janet Napolitano said a statement:

“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.”

 

 

Update at 12:28 p.m. ET. A Witness:

The University of California, Santa Barbara’s student newspaper The Nexus talked to one eyewitness who described a chaotic scene:

“One local resident and UCSB student, Niklas Svennefiord, said he saw the suspect flee from police, from his house at 6585 Del Playa Drive. The suspect, a man in a white shirt, crashed into a nearby black jeep, he said.

“‘I heard a couple gunfire shots. I thought they were fireworks, so I didn’t think about it, but I was pretty startled and then I heard a car hit into another car. So I look up into my little window that’s in my shower, and I see a guy try to flee and the cops shoot him,’ Svennefiord said.

“Svennefiord said the suspect then continued to flee from police and also said that he believes one of his best friends was killed.

“‘I see a guy try to flee out of the car and the cop shoots him and then runs up to the car, seriously, and runs up to the car, looks into the car and the guy tries rolling around, and the cop kind of kicked him to make sure he was down,’ Svennefiord said.”

And just to repeat, authorities have said they don’t know if the gunman was killed by police or if he committed suicide.

Police said they are investigating nine different crime scenes.

 

 

UPDATE 1:56 pm: Elliot Rodger’s family has confirmed his identity and said that he was receiving psychiatric treatment. From the BBC:

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The lawyer for the alleged gunman’s father, Peter Rodger, said his son was diagnosed with “highly functional Asperger’s syndrome” as a child.

 

His mother contacted the police and a social worker after a YouTube video was posted recently, the lawyer added.

 

 

 

 

Images From The Latest Gun Tragedy To Strike America. University Of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista.

 

 

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By Jueseppi B.

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I have never in 54 years ever seen a man so comfortable in his own skin as a President Of These United States Of America. I have never witnessed or observed a real man of the people, his people, sitting in The White House as POTUSA.

 

The Man is a diplomat, a humanitarian and a lover of humankind. When can those words be uttered about any other President.

 

 

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Raw Video: The President Takes a Surprise Walk

 

Published on May 22, 2014

The President was heading over to the nearby Department of the Interior and decided to break with tradition and take a Springtime walk. On the way, he got a chance to meet with all sorts of folks, who weren’t expecting to meet the President of the United States of America.

 

 

 

“Am I Allowed to Slide Over?” or West Wing Peek

 

Published on May 21, 2014

When the President and Vice President visited Shake Shack, they found a counter in between them and their picture with the staff.

 

 

 

“This is Our Graduation Picture” or, West Wing Peek

 

Published on May 14, 2014

When the President spoke with ACA letter writers in California, one family got a graduation picture and a bit of friendly advice from the President.

 

 

 

These three videos say exactly what I meant, and say it so much better than I could.

 

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