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Isla Vista Vigil Remembers Victims of 2014 Massacre


Roses placed to honor six people killed in deadly rampage

Isla Vista community members and UC Santa Barbara students gathered Thursday evening for a memorial walk and vigil on the 5-year anniversary of the mass shooting and rampage that killed six UCSB students and injured 14 more people.

Relatives of the victims joined the walk, which started at Storke Plaza on campus and ended at Anisq’Oyo’ Park in Isla Vista.

People placed roses at the Love & Remembrance Garden for Katherine Breann “Katie” Cooper, 22, of Chino Hills, and Veronika Elizabeth Weiss, 19, of Westlake Village.

They also placed roses for Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, of Los Osos, Cheng Yuan “James” Hong, 20, and George Chen, 19, both of San Jose, and Weihan “David” Wang, 20, of Fremont. 

Speakers at the park included Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Michael-Martinez; Dan and Kelli Cooper, the parents of Katie Cooper; UCSB Police Officer Ariel Bournes, who was in training on a ride-along the night of the shootings; and UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. 

Several pieces of gun-related legislation have been passed in the five years following the massacre, including Assembly Bill 1014, which allows law enforcement personnel to seize a person’s weapons for up to 21 days if they feel that the person poses a threat to him or herself or the public. 

Another law, partially prompted by the fact that sheriff’s deputies had conducted a welfare check on the shooter at his home a month before the massacre, is Senate Bill 505, which requires law enforcement agencies to develop policies encouraging officers to search the Department of Justice’s Automated Firearms System, California’s database of gun purchases, prior to conducting a “welfare check” on a person who is potentially a danger to themselves or others.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, said Thursday that Senate Bill 55, her bill restricting gun ownership to Californians with repeated convictions of certain alcohol-related crimes like DUI,  passed off the Senate floor and is going to the Assembly. 

A UC Davis study found that alcohol-related convictions were associated with an increased risk of incident arrest for a violent or firearm-related crime, Jackson’s office said in a news release updating the bill’s progress. 

In the case of the Isla Vista massacre, Elliot Rodger, 22, shot three people to death and injured 14 others, then killed himself on May 23, 2014.

Before driving through town shooting at pedestrians and bicyclists, Rodger fatally stabbed Chen, Hong and Wang — his roommates and one of their friends — in his apartment.

As previously reported by Noozhawk following the release of the investigative report on the rampage, Rodger took to the streets of Isla Vista shortly before 9:30 p.m., in his black coupe, shooting passers-by with semi-automatic weapons and hitting them with his car.

He shot and killed Cooper and Weiss, both members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, who were standing outside the Alpha Phi sorority house on the 800 block of Embarcadero Del Norte. 

Rodger fatally shot Michaels-Martinez at the Isla Vista Deli Mart on the 6500 block of Pardall Road.

Seven more people were wounded by gunfire and seven were injured by Rodger, who hit them with his car during his eight-minute rampage.

Rodger shot himself while he was still driving, and his car crashed on the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive.

— Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.



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In era of mass shootings, doctors hope to turn bystanders into first responders



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Tylenol. Bandages. Hydrogen peroxide and burn gel. 

These items are ubiquitous in first aid kits in homes and offices across the country. 

But tourniquets and combat-grade clotting agents may be added soon, if American surgeons get their way. 

Kenneth Wright, left, embraces Cara Knoedler on the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2018, in Las Vegas. Behind them is the site of the shooting. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

In the wake of several devastating mass shootings, physicians are working to educate and train the general public in bleeding control, which can buy medical personnel valuable time when responding to violent and unstable scenes. 

Doctors like Baptist Medical Center South’s John Mark Vermillion, the founding surgeon of the hospital’s trauma program, hope to make bleed control training as commonplace as CPR certification in workplaces, concert venues and churches. 

Understanding how quickly a major wound can turn fatal is key: A person can bleed out in as little as five minutes with a major arterial injury.

“The response time for paramedics is often going to be more than that,” Vermillion said. 

In October 2017, when a man opened fire into a crowded, open-air concert venue in Las Vegas, 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured. News reports describe chaos as the shooter fired more than 1,000 rounds in about 11 minutes, according to the Associated Press.

“In an active scene, like the Las Vegas shooting, if gunfire is still going off, paramedics can’t respond. They can’t provide care until the scene is secure,” Vermillion said. “The whole point is to have the training and resources available at a high-risk scene. A lot of people bled to death while waiting for the shooting to be over.”

In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the American College of Surgeons convened a working group to study survivability in mass casualty and active shooting events. The committee, which included national security experts and other emergency medical disciplines, issued four recommendation reports in what is now known as the Hartford Consensus. 

The group’s second report, written by Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, identifies immediate responders — the people already at the scene, sometimes even victims themselves — as the first line of care after tragedy strikes. 

“Obviously, prevention is the way to go,” Jacobs told The New Yorker in April. “But, once something has happened, how can we increase survival?”

At Baptist South, training has been provided for nurses. A full day of teaching is planned for other medical and non-medical staff. Vermillion hopes this will be the start of a ripple effect, as each person can then influence their communities. Anyone can search for Stop the Bleed classes in their area at bleedingcontrol.org, which also contains resources and instructor training.

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Dr. John Mark Vermillion makes rounds with fellow doctors, nurses and medical students at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday October 24, 2018. (Photo: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)

“The American College of Surgeons’ goal is anywhere you would have an AED  (defibrillator) you would have a Stop the Bleed bag,” he said. “You have to pre-plan for it because you’ll never know when it’s going to happen.”

Stop the Bleed protocol first teaches people how to identify life-threatening bleeding. Finding the source of the bleed is key and often involves removing clothing. In Stop the Bleed kits, like the kind Vermillion is now stocking in Baptist South, people can use tourniquets to staunch bleeds in arms and legs. If a tourniquet is not available or the wound is in the neck, shoulder or groin, doctors recommend packing the wound with first aid kit gauze and applying steady pressure until medical personnel arrive. 

If a first aid kit is not available, doctors still advise packing the wound with available cloth and applying continuous pressure. Though it seems unsanitary, the goal is to buy the victim enough time to get to a hospital, where trauma professionals can deal with any type of contamination.

The training can be unsettling. Many people aren’t comfortable with blood, even less so with the idea of packing a gaping wound with gauze, at best — at worst, with a T-shirt or sweater. 

Baptist South employees learn emergency bleed prevention in a growing national campaign. (Photo: Baptist South Medical Center)

But Vermillion sees being able and ready to respond as a civic duty.

“No. 1, it may yourself that you’re saving,” he said. “No. 2, it may be your responsibility to save someone else. It may be the only chance they have to survive.”

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Melissa Brown at 334-240-0132 or mabrown@gannett.com.

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Local Man Charged With Mass Shooting Threat : NorthEscambia.com


A local man has been charged with using his Facebook page to threaten a mass shooting at two businesses.

Michael Anthony Hall, 23, allegedly threatened to “shoot up” Hitachi Cable, a manufacturing company in the Ellyson Industrial Park, and Kelly Services, an employment agency on Corporate Woods Drive. He is facing a second degree felony charge of making a terroristic threat. He was released from the Escambia County Jail Thursday on a $50,000 bond.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hitachi Cable on Ely Road in reference to threats after the company became aware of possible threats on Hall’s Facebook page. According to an arrest report, he made threats such as, “Now if when I spray the whole building”; “smell the BLOOD (metal) from the bodies from the highway”; “I promise to God when I get me a Mack or an Uzi, I’m [expletive] you [expletive] up, spraying the whole building”; and “I want to smell the blood from the bodies from the highway”.

Deputies were able to positively identify Hall from photographs on his Facebook page.

A Hitachi human resources manager told investigators that Hall  had been terminated. He was a temporary employee and  had voiced complaints about other employees. She told deputies that Hall stated that if certain coworkers kept talking “he was going to snap and they will need the police and ambulance there”, the arrest report states.  The HR boss told deputies that she and coworkers feared Hall would carry out the threats.

A Kelly Services representative was brought in, and Hall again made threats about “laying out” specific employees, according to authorities.

Hall was taken into custody on Pompano Street in Cantonment.

The Escambia County Jail lists Hall’s home address as Pace Parkway in Cantonment, while the arrest report lists his address as Thorndale Place in Atmore.



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He pledged to kill ‘as many girls as I see’ in mass shooting. After second chances, he’s going to prison.

Christopher W. Cleary makes a court appearance in Provo, Utah, during his sentencing Thursday. Cleary, who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill “as many girls as I see” in retaliation for years of romantic rejection, was sentenced to up to five years in prison. (Rick Bowmer/Pool/AP)

Christopher Cleary had a history of threatening women with violence when he was arrested in January in Provo, Utah, on the morning of the Women’s March. The 27-year-old Colorado man blamed years of romantic rejection for his anger toward women, according to a police affidavit.

“I’m planning on shooting up a public place,” he posted on Facebook the night before his arrest, according to police, “killing as many girls as I see.”

He also had a history of second chances. The Denver resident had twice pleaded guilty to felony stalking charges for harassing and threatening women in his home state, and was sentenced to probation and mental health evaluations. Now, a Utah judge has sentenced Cleary to up to five years in prison on a charge of attempted threat of terrorism.

According to legal experts, the case has pitted the First Amendment right to free speech against public safety concerns, testing the criminal justice system’s ability to respond to a man who wrote online that he wanted to be “the next mass shooter.”

Judge Christine Johnson’s ruling means Cleary could serve the maximum sentence for the charge, despite the prosecution recommending only probation, a move the lead prosecutor told the Associated Press was necessary to secure a guilty plea. It’s now up to Utah’s parole authorities to decide whether Cleary will serve the full sentence.

The plea agreement meant that even without a prison sentence in Utah, Cleary would have been convicted of a felony and sent back to Colorado to serve time for violating probation.

“I don’t want to be in the position of guessing what Colorado is going to do,” the judge said, the Deseret News reported.

Pam Russell, communications director for the Jefferson County, Colo., district attorney’s office, told The Washington Post that her office had sought to find an alternative to prison in line with Colorado law, but that Cleary would now face prison when he returns to the state.

“The legislature in Colorado has made it clear that they oppose prison sentences for offenders convicted of low-level felonies,” Russell wrote in an email. “The District Attorney’s Office believes that he may be a threat to the community and will ask for a prison sentence when he is returned to Colorado for re-sentencing.”

Cleary’s previous stalking convictions in Colorado, both low-level felonies, were based on harassment and threats against multiple women. In at least one case, he posted a victim’s phone number on false Craigslist ads soliciting sex, leading to constant harassment and severe distress, according to a police affidavit. He made frequent threats of violence, such as a text message in 2015 warning a woman, “I own multipul guns I can have u dead in a second.”

Colorado police also investigated complaints that Cleary threatened to bomb a grocery store and carry out a mass shooting at a mental health facility.

In the Jan. 19 Facebook post, he blamed his stated plan to kill women on romantic rejection. “All I wanted was to be loved,” he wrote, “yet no one cares about me I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin.”

Before his arrest in Utah, Cleary told police he was just “upset and not thinking clearly,” according to the affidavit. At Thursday’s trial, defense attorney Dustin Parmley argued that the Facebook post “wasn’t targeted at anyone in particular. He chose extreme words to express his feelings of frustration,” the Deseret News reported.

Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah, said that although the First Amendment gives considerable protections to even vile speech, “it’s really important to view free speech as not unlimited and needing to be perceived from the perspective of the victim.”

“When you post ‘I’m going to kill all the women I see,’ ” Guiora said, “that’s not an indirect threat.”



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New Florida law bans release of mass shooting recordings


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that prohibits Florida’s government agencies from releasing photos, video or audio that record the killing of a person in an act of mass violence.

The new law was signed Thursday and takes effect immediately.

The bill was written after last year’s school shooting in Parkland that left 17 people dead. It says the exemption to the public record law is needed to protect victims’ families from trauma and to prevent the images or recordings from inspiring others to kill.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Lee of Hillsborough County, has said he is aware that such recordings can help the media keep authorities accountable after a mass shooting but pointed out that news organizations can petition a judge to access the images.



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Prison ordered for Colorado man who threatened mass shooting during Women


In January, a Colorado man came to Provo and posted on Facebook that he would be “shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter.”

It was the weekend of Women’s Marches when thousands of women would gather together across the nation, including in Provo.

Stating that he was a virgin and never had a girlfriend, Christopher Cleary, 27, garnered national attention when he wrote he planned on “killing as many girls as I see.”

On Thursday, he was sentenced to zero to 5 years in prison for attempted threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony amended to a third-degree felony in the plea agreement.

“I’m just sorry for what happened,” Cleary said in 4th District Court.

Defense attorney Dustin Parmley said Cleary was removed from his parents when he was 4 years old and his lack of impulse control is connected to a mental illness diagnosed at age 10.

Although Cleary has previous felony convictions in Denver for stalking and threatening women, Parmley said the “inability to control his speech” never became actual violence.

“These threats were made in vague, not specific terms,” he said. “There is no evidence he was anywhere near those marches.”

Several law enforcement agencies in Colorado were monitoring his social media accounts and were alarmed by the Jan. 20 post.

“(All) I wanted was a girlfriend,” the Facebook message stated. “I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.”

Investigators contacted Provo authorities after determining the social media message was reportedly posted in Provo.

Provo officers and FBI agents in Utah and Colorado then tracked Cleary’s phone to a McDonald’s at 1225 S. University Ave.

At the time of his arrest, Cleary did not have any weapons or ammunition or evidence of a plan, Parmley said.

“He took no steps to carry out the threat that he posted,” he explained. “He is extremely sorry for what he did. He understands that it is not appropriate.”

Judge Christine Johnson granted credit for 124 days Cleary had already served at the Utah County Jail. The Board of Pardons and Parole will decide the total amount of time Cleary will serve before he is extradited to Colorado.

“I don’t want to be in the position of guessing what Colorado is going to do,” she said.

Prosecutors said Colorado officials are reportedly planning on sentencing Cleary for violating probation and will possibly send him to prison.



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In the Years Since the Isla Vista Shooting, the Incel Subculture Continues to Inspire Gunmen


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Five years ago today, a 22-year-old college dropout fatally stabbed three people at his apartment in Isla Vista, California, then shot 11 people near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, killing three of them, before shooting himself to death.

In an email manifesto he sent out before his rampage, and in YouTube videos discovered afterward, the gunman made his motivation clear: He was angry that he was still a virgin and that women preferred other men over him. “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it,” he said in his final video. The targets of his attack, he said, were “the very girls who represent everything I hate in the female gender: The hottest sorority of UCSB.”

The Isla Vista killer identified himself as an “incel,” or a member of an online community of “involuntary celibates” who are united in their hatred of the women who don’t want to have sex with them — and the men who are better at finding romantic partners. In extreme cases, incels’ resentment has curdled into violent extremism, and in a country like the United States, where guns are easily accessible, this violence has on occasion taken the form of a mass shooting.

“If somebody is going to be violent, they may use whatever they have available to be violent,” said Emily Rothman, a professor at Boston University School of Public Health and an expert on intimate partner violence. “And guns are far more lethal” than other weapons, she added.

Since his rampage, the Isla Vista gunman has been hailed as a “saint” and a hero by other incels, and several American mass shooters have cited him as inspiration. The 40-year-old self-proclaimed misogynist who shot six women, two of them fatally, at a Tallahassee yoga studio last year name-checked the Isla Vista gunman in one of his final online posts. The 21-year-old who fatally shot two students and himself at his former high school in Aztec, New Mexico, in 2017 used the Isla Vista shooter’s name as an online pseudonym and called him a “supreme gentleman.” The man who carried out the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, which left nine people dead and eight others wounded, wrote in an online manifesto that he was a virgin with “no friends, no job, no girlfriend,” and said that he and others like him — including the Isla Vista gunman — “stand with the gods.”

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Most recently, in January, a 27-year-old Colorado man was arrested after he posted online about wanting to become “the next mass shooter” and killing “as many girls as I see.” He cited his virginity and his persistent lack of a girlfriend as motivation.

Experts say these shooters crave attention and want to spread fear among those they feel have slighted them, and each incel shooting might inspire future acts of mass gun violence. “What happens in these communities is a kind of veneration of these figures who commit this violence,” said Arshy Mann, a Canadian journalist who has covered the incel phenomenon. “The more examples they have to look to the past, the more likely it is to happen.”

The Isla Vista rampage was the first time many people first encountered the term incel. But some incels reach back further than that for inspiration. In 2009, a computer programmer who wrote online that he hadn’t had a girlfriend in 25 years shot 12 women at an LA Fitness in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, killing three of them, before killing himself. In fact, until Isla Vista, incels referred to such shootings as “going Sodini” — the LA Fitness gunman’s last name.

Last year, a self-described incel drove a van into a crowd in Toronto, killing 10 people and wounding 16 others. Prior to the attack, the perpetrator also sang the Isla Vista shooter’s praises online. But incel-perpetrated violence doesn’t take the form of mass shootings in Canada because guns aren’t nearly as accessible there.

Guns were key to the Isla Vista gunman’s transformation from online ranter to violent actor. “My first act of preparation was the purchase [of] my first handgun,” he wrote of his shooting spree, which he planned for 18 months. “After I picked up the handgun, I brought it back to my room and felt a new sense of power.”

There have also been many mass shooters who fit a similar profile, but who didn’t identify themselves as incels, including the Sandy Hook gunman; the Charleston church shooter; the Capital Gazette killer; the Santa Fe High School shooter, and the Parkland gunman. Others, like the Sutherland Springs and Pulse nightclub gunmen, had histories of domestic violence. Many mass shootings stem from domestic violence, and as The Trace has reported, a history of domestic violence is a risk factor that is often present in future mass shooters.

Some mass shooters who are motivated by misogyny are also driven by racism. Before the Charleston church shooter opened fire in 2015, killing nine people, he reportedly said to his black victims, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country.” The Tallahassee yoga shooter said “whores” in interracial relationships had “betrayed their blood.” The notion that white women who date outside of their race are disloyal has been a running theme in parts of the incel online community. The overlap between the alt-right and incel communities is so significant that last year the Southern Poverty Law Center proclaimed the Isla Vista gunman to be the first alt-right killer.

Some experts say incel-inspired violence should be referred to as misogynist terrorism. Calling shooters “lone wolves” “ignores the preventable way these men’s fear and anger are deliberately cultivated and fed online,” feminist author Jessica Valenti wrote in The New York Times last year.

After the Isla Vista shooting, it came to light that police officers had visited the gunman’s home less than a month before the rampage at his mother’s request. They left without searching his apartment, but if they had, they would have found three semiautomatic handguns, ammunition, and the killer’s manifesto. As a result, California became the second state to institute a so-called red flag law, which allows for the disarming of someone deemed by a judge to be a threat to themselves or others. Since California, 13 other states have passed similar laws, and experts believe that they can be effective tools in reducing gun violence.

“In individual cases, these orders could make all the difference,” Garen Wintemute, the director of California’s publicly funded gun violence research center, told The Trace after the Parkland shooting. “The weapon matters. If there’s a high-risk situation, taking firearms out of the equation can change the outcome.”

Other experts say it’d be wise to deprive incels of the online platforms they use to disseminate their ideology. In 2017, Reddit banned the incel subreddit for inciting violence against women. They’ve since migrated to other sites, but Mann has urged a public pressure campaign when it comes to online communities where misogyny flourishes. “I think social media companies, online forums, and web hosting platforms need to think more carefully about the content that they allow on there,” he said. “And they need to understand the nuances of how these communities operate.”

In the long term, Rothman said, preventing violence against women must start in childhood. “We could be doing a heck of a lot more in terms of early intervention,” she said. “That means getting into elementary schools and identifying those who have displayed signs of aggression, or bullying — or being bullied — and linking them with behavioral health, a social and emotional learning curriculum, mentorship, coaching, and guidance. It’s a lot less expensive and a lot easier to catch people when they’re young and to try to help them than to wait until somebody is 30.”



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Police Investigate Claims of Mass Shooting at Theater



Police Investigate Claims of Mass Shooting at Theater  NBC 6 South Florida

The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating a social media post that warns of a mass shooting at a local movie theater.



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MDPD Investigate Claims of Mass Shooting at Local Movie Theater


The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating a social media post that warns of a mass shooting at a local movie theater.

A Twitter account with the handle “Seven_JC7” posted a tweet on May 20 saying, “There will be a shooting massacre in Florida in the city of Miami. That will occur at AMC Tamiami in 13 days.”

The tweet goes on to say the shooting will be “carried out by the perp that goes by the name, Erin Blok.”

The same account makes numerous claims with similar language of shooting massacres at a school in Pittsburgh, a school in North Dakota, and more. The account names a different “perp” each time.

“Although credibility of the online threat remains undetermined, we are investigating and taking precautionary measures out of an abundance of caution,” Miami-Dade police tweeted.

Police also caution people to remain vigilant and to say something if you see something.



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