Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I is for Isla Vista, Santa Barbara CA

This post is part of the A to Z challenge.  My theme: Mass shootings in the USA - remember the victims.

May 24, 2014.  Evening in Isla Vista, near the campus of Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.

This account is from Wikipedia.
The attack began when the shooter stabbed three men to death in his apartment. Afterwards, he drove to a sorority house and shot three female students outside, killing two. He drove to a nearby deli and shot to death a male student who was inside. He began to speed through Isla Vista, shooting and wounding several pedestrians and striking several others with his car. The shooter exchanged gunfire with police twice during the attack, receiving a non-fatal gunshot to the hip. The rampage ended when his car crashed into a parked vehicle and came to a stop. Police found him dead in the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The shooter used several handguns, all purchased legally.  He killed a total of 6 people (3 by gunfire) and wounded 14 others.
All six murder victims were students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Deaths in apartment stabbings:
George Chen (19)
Cheng Yuan "James" Hong (20)
Weihan "David" Wang (20)

Deaths from gunshots:
Katherine Breann Cooper (22)—shot near sorority house
Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez (20)—shot inside deli
Veronika Elizabeth Weiss (19)—shot near sorority house

Fourteen other people were injured; seven from gunshot wounds and seven by blunt trauma sustained when the shooter struck them with his vehicle.


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