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California shooting kills seven

Seven people have been killed and seven others wounded in a mass shooting in a small college town in southern California, US media reported on Saturday.

LOS ANGELES: Seven people have been killed and seven others wounded in a mass shooting in a small college town in southern California, US media reported on Saturday.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown described the shooting in the town of Isla Vista, near the University of California campus, as "a mass murder by a gunman", CNN reported.

The gunman, who was driving a black vehicle and shot at pedestrians in several spots in the town, is among the victims, police told local media.

Sheriff Brown confirmed the death toll and the number of people wounded at a news conference.

He said the gunman exchanged gunfire with deputies before driving off and crashing into a parked car.

Deputies found the suspect dead from a gunshot wound to the head inside the black BMW, where they recovered a semi-automatic handgun.

But the sheriff said he did not know if the suspect was shot and killed by deputies or if the wound was self-inflicted.

It wasn't immediately clear what touched off the gunfire or what the suspect's motivation might have been.

Brown said the circumstances surrounding the shootings were under investigation.

He added that the shootings occurred at several sites in the town, resulting in nine crime scenes. 

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