Incident Summary:

05/23/2014: An assailant, identified as Elliot Rodger, stabbed and killed his two roommates and a visitor inside their apartment in Isla Vista, California, United States. This was one of two coordinated incidents carried out by the same assailant in Isla Vista on the same day. Rodger posted videos on the internet and wrote a lengthy manifesto detailing his plans and motivations for the attack. His ideology reflected a misogynist and white supremacist narrative seen in online message forums where participants self-identify as "involuntarily celibate" (incel).



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Isla Vista

Location Details:
The incident occurred on Seville road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Weihann "David" Wang, Cheng Yuan "James" Hong, George Chen
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Knives were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Incel extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Timeline to 'Retribution': Isla Vista attacks planned over years,", May 27, 2014.
"The Manifesto of Elliot Rodger," The New York Times, May 25, 2014.
"Even in a State With Restrictive Laws, Gunman Amassed Weapons and Ammunition," The New York Times, May 25, 2014.