ISLA VISTA ( — A UC Santa Barbara student is speaking out about how he helped someone who was shot Friday night when a gunman went on a rampage in Isla Vista.


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Nate Pepper was sitting outside of his house when he heard what sounded like fireworks.

The pops, however, were bullets from the weapon of 22-year-old suspect Elliot Rodger.

A stranger walking by was shot in the arm and leg.

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“When the kid got shot, he ran towards us. [He said], ‘I think I just got shot. I think I saw a gun,’” Pepper said.

Pepper brought the young man in his home, locked the doors and called police.

“We didn’t know if this guy was coming back for this guy, so the first thing I asked the kid was, ‘Why’d this guy shoot you? Why’d this guy shoot you? Do you know him? Was it provoked?’” Pepper said. “He said, ‘No, not at all.’”

Despite Pepper being forthcoming, KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper said most students want the media to leave the community, asking to grieve in private.

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“This is tragic. Kids died for no reason,” Pepper said.