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[Update: Police have now confirmed a total of seven fatalities and thirteen injured and more information is coming in continuously. Check here for the latest information.]
At least one unidentified suspect traveling in a black BMW reportedly carried out multiple drive-by shootings at approximately 9:30 p.m. at I.V. Deli Mart, 7-11, and near the 6500 and 6700 blocks of Sabado Tarde Road in Isla Vista, with four possible fatalities according a Noozhawk article — although police declined to confirm the number of casualties.
According to the SB Police scanner, all suspects have been taken into custody as of 10:01 p.m., and there is at least one case of 1144, or “possible fatality.” The suspect also reportedly ran over a bicyclist on Embarcadero del Mar, north of Freebirds. Police shut down Embarcadero del Mar at two locations, near the 7-11 and where the incident involving the bicyclist happened as well as Pardall Road in front off I.V. Deli Mart, and told pedestrians to stay inside the nearest building. Police scanner and eyewitness reports also confirmed the suspect committed a hit-and-run at the 6600 block of Del Playa Road, crushing a bicyclist’s legs.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kelly Hoover said police cannot confirm the number of casualties, but that police from all over the county are being pulled in to assist with the investigation.
“What we have going on right now is a very fluid scene. We’re not giving out any numbers right now just to make sure not to give out any facts that are not correct. What we do know is that we have multiple scenes. We have multiple people injured. Multiple people transported to the hospital. We want people to avoid the area,” Hoover said.
According to fourth-year communication major and eyewitness Tyler Jordan, the suspect was shooting out of his car, but tried to escape and was taken down by nearby Isla Vista Foot Patrol officers.
“The suspect looked like he jumped out of the car and was gunned down by IVFP,” Jordan said in an email.
Fourth-year political science major Niklas Svennefiord, who was at his house on Del Playa at the time of the incident, corroborated Jordan’s story and said that the suspect, a man in a white shirt, crashed into a nearby black jeep.
“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.
Brad Martin, a fourth-year anthropology major said his girlfriend was walking to his house when she was approached by the shooters.
“She is absolutely hysterical, and so she tells me that these guys pulled up and said ‘hey what’s up.’ She turned and looked and they had a gun and she wasn’t sure if it was a real gun or a fake gun or what type of gun it was,” Martin said. “She said the next second he raised it up to her face … and she turned around and started running. That’s when she heard ‘bang bang bang’ right behind her as she was running, and she could feel the wind hitting her hair from the power of the gunshot from less than five feet away from the car.”
[Correction: An earlier version of this article reported that one of the shootings occurred near the 6700 block of Sabado Tarde Road, multiple eyewitness reports confirm that this shooting took place between the 6500 and 6700 blocks of Sabado Tarde Road.]
[Correction: An earlier version of this article reported that Niklas Svennefiord witnessed a shooting from his house on Sabado Tarde, Svennefiord does not reside at a house on Sabado Tarde and actually witnessed it from his true residence on Del Playa Drive.]
Photos by Daniel Slovinsky & Robert Johnson / Daily Nexus
Video posted Friday SBCC student Elliot Rodger, a person purportedly related to the recent Isla Vista shootings.
Jimmy Chang, Patrick Kulp, Peter Mounteer, Aditya Tadanki, Daniel Slovinsky, and Marissa Wenzke contributed to this article.
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