California Shooting: Witnesses Relate Horror

Witnesses have described how a gunman sprayed bullets from a black BMW in a drive-by rampage in California that left seven people dead.

Stunned survivors said the attacker fired indiscriminately at groups of young peoplesocialising on Friday night in the bustling student enclave of Isla Vista.

Tyler Haden, a journalist with the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper, told Sky News people were “visibly distraught” after the attack.

“We saw a lot of different emergency responders milling about,” he said. “There was a lot of confusion because there were so many different crime scenes.”

Robert Johnson said a black BMW had slowed down near IV Deli Mart, a popular gathering spot, where people were eating outside. Someone in the car opened fire, he said.

“I heard somewhere between 12 to 20 shots into a group of people who were eating in front of it,” he told NBC Los Angeles.

Twenty-year-old student Ian Papa said he saw the gunman driving wildly through the street, at one point knocking down two cyclists.

“He hit two bikes,” Mr Papa told the New York Times. “One he barely grazed. The other was ploughed down. The biker went through the windshield.”

Another witness, Daniel Slovinsky, told the Los Angeles Times: “I heard some pops, but I just assumed they were fireworks.

“Contrary to what you might expect, there wasn’t a whole lot of chaos immediately. I didn’t hear any screaming. A few people were running.”

Xavier Mozejewski told KEYT-TV that it was like an “old Western shoot-out”.

Jimmy Chang, a reporter for the UCSB newspaper, said a female student had told him the gunman opened fire on her as she was walking down the street.

“He actually drove across the street to meet her,” Chang told NBC Los Angeles.

“The guy stuck his head out and says, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ She ignored him. The guy pulled out a gun and shot at her. The bullet missed her head. She said she thought it was a BB gun, and she just kept walking faster.”

Sienna Schwartz told CNN that she started to flee when the shots began flying.

“He shot and I felt like air passing my face,” she said.

The killer had two gun battles with police before crashing into a parked car. He was found slumped in the BMW with a gunshot wound to the head, though it is unclear if it was self-inflicted.

24 May 2014 | 10:22 pm – Source: orange.co.uk
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