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Seven people shot dead in drive-by shooting near California university

The suspected attacker was among the dead.

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SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been killed and another seven have been injured in drive-by shootings by a gunman in California.

The shootings began late on Friday night at 9.27pm (5.27am GMT) in a student neighbourhood next to the University of California Santa Barbara.

Police said that the shootings took place at several sites across Santa Barbara as the suspect drove through the streets shooting at people, with at least nine crime scenes currently being investigated.

The suspected attacker, who was driving a black BMW car, was among the dead. Police say they believe he acted alone.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the suspect had exchanged gunfire with police before crashing into a parked car.  Brown said he did not know whether the suspect was shot by police or if his wound was self-inflicted.

The university had urged people to stay indoors once the shooting began.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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