Hollywood director’s son ‘shoots six dead’

Hunger Games assistant director says he believes his son killed six people in California before dying of gunshot wound

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A body is covered on the ground after a mass shooting [AP]

The son of a Hollywood director is believed to have shot dead six people in a drive-by attack in California, after posting an internet video about his plan to kill women.

The 22-year-old man launched his attack on Saturday in Isla Vista, Santa Barbara, after revealing his plan in a YouTube video, saying he wanted revenge for being rejected. He was later found dead after an exchange of fire with police.

A lawyer for Peter Rodger, an assistant director on The Hunger Games film, said that his client believed the attacker was his son, Elliot.

Rodger’s mother contacted police after a video was posted a few weeks ago, the lawyer added.

The attack happened near the campus of the University of Santa Barbara. Witnesses reported seeing the attacker firing indiscriminately from a black BMW. Six people died and seven others were wounded.

The video posted on YouTube shows the man, who says he is a 22-year-old virgin who has been rejected by women.

“I will have my revenge against humanity,” he says, adding he will retaliate with a mass slaughter of college students and Isla Vista residents. “I will punish all of you for it.”

Describing the attack as “mass murder”, Bill Brown, a county sheriff, said that police exchanged fire at least twice with the attacker before his car crashed.

The attacker was found dead in the car with a gunshot wound to the head, and authorities recovered a semi-automatic handgun, Brown said.

Authorities have not confirmed the attacker’s identity but the sheriff said authorities were investigating the video. “It would appear that is connected,” Brown said.

Reprinted with permission from Al Jazeera

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