7 People Killed In Drive-By Shooting Near UC Santa Barbara


UPDATED: Saturday May 24, 2014 7:42 AM

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 says he didn't know whether the suspect was shot by deputies, or if his wound was self-inflicted.
        
Brown says the shootings occurred at several sites in the town, resulting in nine crime scenes.
            
Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says a second suspect was detained after the gunfire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Isla Vista neighborhood.
        
A student says he saw shots fired from the 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."
    
Local media says the suspect’s car 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.

The circumstances surrounding the shootings are under investigation.

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