Seven people are now dead including the suspected gunman Elliot Rodger, 22, after he went on a bloody 10-minute shooting rampage in the Southern California college town of Isla Vista, which also left seven others injured.
According to The New York Times, the gunman is the son of a Hollywood director identified by CNN as Peter Rodger who directed the 2012 film "Hunger Games." He was discovered dead with a bullet in his head after his black BMW crashed. It is unclear if the bullet was self-inflicted or the result of a shootout with police in Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Alan Shifman, a lawyer for the gunman's parents, said his clients expressed concern to police about a month ago over their son's YouTube videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people." more >>
A gunman sprayed bullets at people late Friday, killing at least six in a drive-by shooting before being found dead from a gunshot wound in his car near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The county sheriff called it "a planned mass murder" by a "severely mentally disturbed" suspect.
At least seven people, including the suspected shooter, were killed and seven others were injured in nine locations in the town of Isla Vista near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara at about 9.30 p.m. local time, according to KEYT-TV.
Those wounded were hospitalized either with gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, and one of them sustained with life-threatening injuries. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, are set to receive honorary degrees at Biola University's Spring 2014 Commencement. The late Prison Fellowship Ministries founder, Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, will also be honored with a reward that celebrates him as a "heroic Christian leader."
"Kay Warren embodies a life of faith and courage, demonstrating what it means to fully embrace God's greater narrative," said Biola President Barry H. Corey. "Her work for the global church and those suffering from HIV and AIDS across the world is a model of the kind of conviction and courage that Biola seeks to develop in all of our graduates."
Warren is set to deliver the Christian university's Spring 2014 Commencement address on May 23. Both she and her husband, Rick, who is the best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life, will receive honorary doctorates. more >>
Actor Michael Jace, known for playing a Christian police officer on the popular television series "The Shield," was booked for the alleged murder of his wife, a Biola University employee, who was shot multiple times in their Los Angeles home Monday night, possibly in front of the couple's young children.
April Jace's dead body was found by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who were responding to phone calls from neighbors who reported hearing gun shots. A local news station reports that neighbors said they heard arguing coming from the couple's home before hearing gun shots.
Michael Jace, 51, initially was taken to a police station for questioning, but later booked for murder, which police believe may have been triggered by domestic violence. Jace was being held Tuesday on $1 million bail. more >>
A Los Angeles church known as a home to transformed gang members and drug addicts in the early 1990's is set for a facelift. While a majority of its original members have left, a new pastor has been named, and a building renovation is in the works.
The new look includes a name change, from Boyle Heights Christian Center to Cityscape: Church of Los Angeles, once their run-down building is renovated. Pastor Joey Oquendo hopes the move marks the beginning of a new community church for its gang-ridden neighborhood.
"There are members who have been here forever, but in essence, a new church is starting," Oquendo said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Gang members want better things too. But because of who I am, and because of who my members are, we're going to get more of the post-gang era." more >>
Christian pop singer Rebecca St. James is praising God that wildfires "miraculously" stopped just feet from her home in Southern California, but she is concerned about some of her neighbors who have lost their homes.
"It's a total miracle 'cause the wind changed right when the fires were about to take over our house," St. James writes on her Facebook page.
A picture posted along with the testimony shows trees razed to the ground just feet from her patio. more >>