Shooting Near UC Santa Barbara Leaves 7 Dead

May 24, 2014

Updated At 5:55 a.m. EDT

The number of dead has increased to seven in what authorities are now calling a mass shooting in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says several others were wounded in the shooting. Local news station KEYT is reporting that one shooter is among the dead.

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Authorities say drive-by shootings in the Santa Barbara, Calif., area have left three dead and seven others wounded in what authorities said was a chaotic scene Friday night, the Associated Press reported.

Two suspects were detained after the shootings in Isla Vista, near a student community next to UC Santa Barbara.

Police cordoned off four crime scenes and warned residents to stay inside and visitors to stay away, according to KEYT NewsChannel 3.

Student Michael Vitak spoke to a KEYT reporter.

” ‘Guys in a BMW. Maybe they were trying to prove they’re tough,’ Vitak said during a live televised interview. Vitak saw them shooting at two girls; one was shot dead, the other was critically hurt.

” ‘I heard shots, screams, pain,’ said Vitak. ‘All emotions. I hope she is going to be fine,’ he said.”

Isla Vista is known for parties, including one last month that turned into a violent blowout, according to the AP.

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