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Tearful Plea From Victim's Dad In Deadly Calif. Rampage

Reported: May. 25, 2014 12:02 AM EDT
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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- A man whose son was among the victims killed in a rampage near a California university quaked with grief and rage as he described his "lost and broken" family and the proliferation of guns he believes led to his son's death.

Police said Saturday that 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez was the last of six people killed by suspect Elliot Rodger near the University of California, Santa Barbara before the gunman apparently shot and killed himself.

Michael-Martinez's father Richard Martinez choked back tears as he talked to reporters before a news conference, saying "When will this insanity stop?"

Martinez then shouted "we should say to ourselves 'not one more!' " before dissolving into tears and falling to his knees.

Martinez says he talked to his son, a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, just 45 minutes before he was killed.

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- An attorney for a Hollywood director says the family believes his son is responsible for a shooting rampage near a Santa Barbara, California, university campus.

Alan Shifman says that the family has not yet seen his body. But they have been told he was killed and believe he killed six people. Shifman is they attorney for Peter Rodger, who was an assistant director on The Hunger Games.

Police say they are investigating a YouTube video connected to the case that shows a man describing a plan to kill women. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the shooter, and the identity of the person in the video could not be independently confirmed.

Police say a drive-by shooter went on the nighttime rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The attack left seven others wounded.

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