23 May 2014
In the early hours of the morning, Rodger re- uploads a video he’d taken down from YouTube. Titled ‘ Why Do Girls Hate Me So Much?’, Rodger talks about his confusion as to why no girl will give him a chance to be their boyfriend despite his “fabulous” appearance and sporty car: “I should be the one with the girls. I mean, look at me, I’m gorgeous. But you girls don’t see it.”
The first stage of his plan for ‘ revenge’ is for Rodger to kill his flatmates, 20- yearolds Weihan Wang and Cheng Yuan Hong, and
19- year- old George Chen, at the apartment they share in Seville Road. Rodger stabs the three young men multiple times using a ‘ Boar Hunter’ knife and a slim pocket knife from Rodger’s arsenal of weapons.
Rodger changes his clothes, hops into his black BMW parked outside and drives to his local Starbucks coffee shop at Embarcadero Del Norde, only a couple of minutes from the crime scene back at Seville Road. Security cameras from the coffee shop show him purchasing his favourite drink, a triple vanilla latte, to take away with him on his killing rampage.
Sitting in his car, Rodger uploads his last video, describing his existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, and how he plans to “enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB” and “slaughter every single spoiled, stuck- up, blonde slut I see inside there,” before taking his attacks to the streets. He says, “I will take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.”
Rodger’s life coach Gavin Linderman receives an email from Rodger. Attached is a 137- page ‘ manifesto’ written by the killer, who has also uploaded the document to the Internet and sent it to his parents and peers. The autobiographical account titled “My Twisted World” details how he’s come to be so bitter and why he feels violent “revenge” is his last and only option.
Standing at the door of the Alpha Phi sorority house on Embarcadero Del Norte, Rodger pounds angrily on the door armed with a gun. Residents inside hear the angry pounding but no one answers the door. After several minutes the banging finally stops.
Santa Barbara County Emergency Communications Centre dispatch receives a call from a man named ‘ Spencer’, who reports hearing eight or nine gunshots coming from the Embarcadero Del Norte area. After approximately one minute he reports that patrol officers are rushing to the scene, and the call ends.
The sheriff ’s office broadcasts a “gunshots heard” call, reporting an incident unfolding a few kilometres away, where three female victims have been gunned down as Rodger’s killing spree continues. An officer confirms that there are police officers attending the scene.
Rodger exchanges gunfire with police from his car. He speeds off, hits a cyclist and crashes into a parked vehicle. Three police officers pull a motionless Rodger from the car and arrest him. They confirm that the mass killer is dead, believing that he’s shot himself in the temple with a gun found on the passenger’s seat.
Keith Cheung, the cyclist Rodger ran over before he crashed into a parked vehicle, is apprehended.
The reason that this victim is mistakenly arrested is because he fits the description of the attacker and is present at the scene of the crash.
Police remove the handcuffs from Keith, who is subsequently released after police realise that he is the final victim of Rodger’s drive- by attack and not a second perpetrator of the massacre. He receives medical care from the California Highway Patrol.
Having looked at the deceased killer’s ‘ manifesto’ in which he details how he intends to kill his roommates and use the apartment to lure other potential victims, police arrange for a protective sweep of his apartment in the interests of the welfare of the men living at the residence.
An officer speaks with Rodger’s mother, Chin, who is making her way to the scene, having heard news of the shooting. She admits that her son has “social issues” and has been seeing a therapist. She says that her son had told her he would call her after finishing his last day of school on 23 May, but that she has not heard from him despite multiple attempts to contact him.