Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree included the IV Deli Mart in Isla Vista, Cali., where he shot a man to death. We spoke exclusively to an employee of the deli, who explained the terrifying moment when she thought her life was over.
This is absolutely horrific! Elliot Rodger stabbed three men at his home in Isla Vista, before shooting three women outside a sorority house, pedestrians on the street, and fatally shooting Christoper Martinez at a deli. The woman behind the counter at IV Deli Mart revealed how she “was just frozen in shock” when shots began going off.
USCB Shooting Eyewitness Remembers Terrifying Deli Gunman
“I am an employee at IV Deli and I had my back to the front window at my register when shots rang out into a group of kids in the store, hitting one of them in the chest near his heart,” the student, 21, explained to HollywoodLife.com exclusively about the traumatic occurrence on May 23.
She had been working behind the counter when shots were fired — noises she said, that sounded like balloons popping. Her manager was laying on the floor next to her when the shooter aimed and shot at him.
“The shooter started aiming at him, firing at least four shots, three of which hit the counter only a foot or two from my register,” she recalled. “I felt so vulnerable in that moment because I had no idea what was happening, and I thought the shooter was about to come in the store and kill me because I was the one at the register and he clearly wasn’t bluffing.”
Deli Employee Recalls ‘Sadness, Feat, Anger & Numbness’
The eyewitness also explained that Christopher Martinez, the UCSB student who was shot, was bleeding so much that the rest of those inside the deli didn’t know what to do.
“I was just frozen in shock and went through waves of sadness, fear, anger, and numbness while I was being held as witness in the same room as the body,” she added. “It’s just all very surreal and you’d never think that something like this could happen in such a beautiful place with so many smart and wonderful people.”
Our thoughts absolutely go out to all of those involved.
— Emily Longeretta