Seven Dead in Drive-By Shooting Near UC Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say seven people are dead and seven wounded in a drive-by shooting in a student enclave next to the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the dead in Friday night’s rampage in the Isla Vista neighborhood included the suspected attacker who was driving a black BMW. Brown had earlier said the suspect exchanged gunfire with deputies before crashing into a parked car.
He said he didn’t know whether the suspect was shot by deputies, or if his wound was self-inflicted.
The circumstances surrounding the shootings were under investigation.
Brown said the shootings occurred at several sites in the town, resulting in nine crime scenes.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below:
A nighttime drive-by shooting in a student enclave next to the University of California, Santa Barbara left at least three people dead and seven injured, according to media reports.
Santa Barbara County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover told KEYT-TV a second suspect was detained after the gunfire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Isla Vista neighborhood.
The circumstances surrounding the shootings were not immediately clear, but the station said police cordoned off four crime scenes. They include a deli whose glass window was shattered.
A student told the station he saw shots fired from a BMW, fatally striking one woman and critically injuring another woman.
“I heard shots, scream, pain,” Michael Vitak said. “All emotions. I hope she is going to be fine.”
The station said a black BMW slammed into as many as two cars.
The shooting prompted officials to issue alerts urging people to stay indoors.
Isla Vista is known for parties, including an annual spring bash that turned into a violent blowout last month as young people clashed with police and tossed rocks and bottles. A university police officer and four deputies were injured and 130 people were arrested.
(Story by: The Associated Press, with minor editing by WIBX)