As it happened: California shootings

Key points

  • A gunman has killed six people in drive-by shooting near Californian city of Santa Barbara
  • The suspected gunman has been found dead in his crashed car, with a gunshot wound to the head
  • Police investigating link to misogynist YouTube video
  • Officials say they have evidence suggesting the shooting was "premeditated mass murder"
  • The shootings took place in Isla Vista, near the University of California-Santa Barbara
  • All times BST (GMT +1)

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Reporting:

  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Harry Low 
  • Helen Dafedjaiye 

Last updated 24 May 2014

STANDARD 13:26

Fast-paced developments in the US city of California, where a gunman has killed at least six people in a drive-by shooting near the University of California-Santa Barbara.

STANDARD 13:27

The shootings took place late on Friday night in several locations in Isla Vista - where two thirds of the residents are students.

STANDARD 13:27

The gunman was later found dead in his car, with a gunshot wound to the head.

STANDARD 13:29

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says there is evidence that the shooting was premeditated.

STANDARD 13:33

"We have obtained and are currently analysing videotaped evidence that suggests that this atrocity was a premeditated mass murder," Sheriff Brown told reporters.

Sheriff Bill Brown

STANDARD 13:38

Eyewitnesses describe a black BMW speeding through the streets, spraying bullets at people in the university neighbourhood.

STANDARD 13:39

Police officials say it is not immediately clear whether the gunman was killed by gunfire or if he committed suicide.

STANDARD 13:42

In addition to the six dead, police confirm in a statement that seven others were wounded in the attack. They say they will not reveal the identity of the victims until the next of kin have been informed.

STANDARD 13:46

One woman, who witnessed the attack, tells Associated Press she didn't realise at first it was a real gun: "I just thought it was, like, an Airsoft [replica firearm or air gun] or something. So I was, like: hey, who was that? And I turned around and started walking the other way. And then, like, he shot."