Kiwi in the middle of a US bloodbath

Last updated 17:04 25/05/2014

Amelia Lyons from Hawkes Bay witnessed the shooting chaos that shook the US town of Isla Vista.

Police and emergency personnel tend to a victim at the scene of a drive-by shooting in Isla Vista, a neighbourhood of Santa Barbara, California.

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: Amelia Lyons, from Napier, and her boyfriend, were caught up in the shooting at Santa Barbara.
KILLER: Elliot Rodger.

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A Hawke's Bay woman is still trying to make sense of a shooting spree in her California neighbourhood that left six people dead and she and her boyfriend cowering in their home.

Amelia Lyons, from Napier but based in Santa Barbara, said she had just got home from work, when a police officer came "blazing" past her and shouted "get inside, take cover, there's a shooter".

She ran inside and hid with her boyfriend for about 10 minutes.

Lyon said the scene was "really foreign for someone from New Zealand".


The gunman, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, stabbed three people to death at his apartment before getting in his car to kill more.

The three people in the apartment were among the six left dead on Friday night (local time) during the shootings near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The killing spree appeared to be driven by Rodger's twisted desire to get revenge on the girls who had rejected him since puberty. After crashing his car, the 22-year-old shot himself in the head.

Sheriff Bill Brown called it a "chaotic, rapidly unfolding convoluted incident" that involved multiple crime scenes. Seven people remained hospitalised with serious injuries.

Rodger is the son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger, one of the assistant directors on The Hunger Games.

Police described how the gunman went from one location to another, opening fire on random people and exchanging gunfire with law enforcement, before he crashed his BMW. Brown said the gunman had three legally purchased guns and more than 400 rounds of unspent ammunition in his car.

The gunfire continued for 10 minutes as the gunman made his way through the beach community in a rampage that mirrored threats made on a YouTube video posted the same night, authorities said.

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