Incident Summary:

05/23/2014: An assailant, identified as Elliot Rodger, drove several blocks to various locations near the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus, shooting at and running into victims with his car in Isla Vista, California, United States. At least three people were killed and 13 other people were injured in the assault. The attack ended when he shot and killed himself. 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).

GTD ID:
201405230123

When:
2014-05-23

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

California

City:
Isla Vista

Location Details:
The incident began near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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 Named Civilians: Katherine Breann Cooper, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, Veronika Elizabeth Weiss
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
Glock 34 and SIG Sauer P226 handguns and a black BMW were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Megan Carloto, Elliot Gee, Antoine Cherchian, Christopher Hoang, Keith Cheung, Mitchell Lyubarsky, Bianca de Kock, Bailey Maples, Patrick Eggert, Nick Pasichuke, Jin Fu, Matthew Smith, Victor Garcia, and Aaron Zaglin.
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 4 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 4
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Timeline to 'Retribution': Isla Vista attacks planned over years," CNN.com, May 27, 2014.
"Even in a State With Restrictive Laws, Gunman Amassed Weapons and Ammunition," The New York Times, May 25, 2014.
"The Manifesto of Elliot Rodger," The New York Times, May 25, 2014.