UCSB Shooting Suspect Is Son of ‘Hunger Games’ Second Unit Director

The young man who killed six people and injured seven others near UC Santa Barbara following multiple drive-by shootings was the son of filmmaker Peter Rodger, a second unit director on the first “Hunger Games” movie.

ABC News confirmed that an attorney for Peter Rodger said that his 22-year-old son Elliot Rodger was involved in the shooting.

Elliot, who was found with a gunshot wound and a semi-automatic handgun inside his vehicle, was among the dead on Friday night.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office said it’s unclear whether he took his own life or was shot during two different gunfights with deputies. The suspect fled following the armed confrontation and crashed his black BMW into a parked car on Del Playa Drive.

The shooting spree started before 9:27 p.m. in the campus town of Isla Vista. The suspect shot at passerby at nine different locations in I.V. during a 10-minute time span.

Police now believe that the murderous rampage was a premeditated attack after investigating a video Elliot posted on YouTube on Friday in which he threatened violence on the area.

“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you, you’ll finally see that I’m, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male,” he said in the video. “After I’ve annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there.”

He is believed to have been a student at Santa Barbara City College.

Peter Rodger also wrote, directed, produced and shot the 2009 documentary “Oh My God” that screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

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  1. Allen DeGenerate says:

    Blacklist Peter Rodger from the film industry.

    Hey variety, delete this comment again. I guess free speech doesn’t exist in your left-wing liberal hypocritical world.

  2. Bev says:

    Shut up.

    • Bev says:

      My apologies, wrong post. I did not mean “shut up” to you, dear person. I apologize…definitely the wrong post.

  3. JOE S HILL says:

    Great Movie! very satisfying to the many,who for the past 14 years have watched the “X-MEN” Franchise develop,from the very begining,right up to Brett Ratner’s 2006 still questionable version,
    which should’ve been left in Bryan Singer’s hands,but he busy filming Warner’s “SUPERMAN RETURNS”
    which obviously didn’t do so well! but with “X-MEN:Days of Future Past”,this is indeed a superior and
    satisfying movie! the only question now,is if Bryan Singer will face legal actions,if the charges filed
    against him,are true! i still have doubts over that,since this alleged incident took place in 1999-why did
    this victim wait so long to act? that still sounds very suspicious,and for Mr Singer’s sake,i hope proven
    untrue! but reguardless,his work on the “X-MEN” Franchise is very First Class,without a doubt,nor will
    i be surprised if he returns for another adventure to direct!

  4. New evidence tells that Elliot Rodger was part of a group that subscribed to the hating of women, who blamed women for their misfortune and woes. Could this be the instigating moment which led to the shoot out?


  5. What a terrible tragedy

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