Crime & Justice

Isla Vista shooting investigation: Elliot Rodger sought ways to silently kill

Police identified Elliot Rodger as the main suspect in a shooting in Isla Vista that left 7 people dead. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 19, 2015, released a report detailing the conclusions of its investigation.
Police identified Elliot Rodger as the main suspect in a shooting in Isla Vista that left 7 people dead. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 19, 2015, released a report detailing the conclusions of its investigation.
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An investigative report on a rampage that killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students says the killer searched online for ways to silently kill before stabbing to death his first three victims last May.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released results of its investigation detailing how 22-year-old Elliot Rodger stabbed his first victims, and then drove through the community of Isla Vista, fatally shooting three people and injuring 14 others.

Rodger got into two shootouts with deputies, before fatally shooting himself.

Rodger used two long knives, including a nearly 9-inch boar hunting knife, to kill his two roommates and a visiting friend.

The report says Rodger searched online for the phrase "quiet silent kill with a knife" before likely ambushing each and stabbing them multiple times.

Another finding of the report was that Rodger acted alone, as NBC4 reports:

"The convoluted nature of this rapidly unfolding massacre, and the nature in which it quickly ended, initially led law enforcement to believe that there were two suspects," detective Joe Schmidt said in the report.

The report also revealed Rodger’s apparent interest in Nazi figures, according to the Los Angeles Times:

“Upon review of the suspect’s Internet search history, investigators have learned that the suspect was very interested in some of the practices and techniques of the Third Reich,” the report said. “The suspect’s in-depth research included information about Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler, two infamous members of the Nazi hierarchy.”

The report noted that Himmler’s date of death coincided with the date of Rodger's attack -- May 23.  The report, however, says this appears to be purely coincidental.