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CALIFORNIA: Seven dead in drive-by shooting spree

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Police say a gunman went on a drive-by shooting rampage on May 23, in Isla Vista, California, near Santa Barbara, and at least seven people were killed, including the attacker.

Detectives say that they believe the gunman, who drove a black BMW, acted alone in the shootings late Friday near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown confirmed at a news conference on Saturday that seven people were killed, including the gunman, and seven others were wounded.

Sheriff Brown stated that the suspect exchanged gunfire with deputies and then drove off and crashed into a parked car.

The suspect was found dead inside the vehicle. He had apparently suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The sheriff did not know if the suspect was shot and killed by deputies or if the wound was self-inflicted. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered.

Sheriff Brown said that the circumstances surrounding the nine shootings around town are under investigation.

Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover told KEYT-TV the gunfire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Isla Vista neighborhood.

A student told the station he saw shots fired from a BMW, fatally hitting one woman and critically injuring another woman.

The station said a black BMW crashed into at least two vehicles.

The shooting prompted officials to issue alerts urging people to stay indoors.

"I just saw it was like an air soft gun or something, so I was like hey what up? And I turned around and started walking the other way, and like he shot," says a witness.

"Well pretty much there was a BMW rolling by, I think there were two people inside.  One of them was shooting innocent people. I think one girl was shot dead.  The other girl was shot as well but I think she's at the hospital.  The first time I saw it I just ran away for my life," says Michael Vitek, another witness.

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