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Witnesses of California shootings 'still don't believe it happened'

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Witness, Mike Hassan, said Santa Barbara and Isla Vista are usually safe cities. (Source: KEYT/CNN) Witness, Mike Hassan, said Santa Barbara and Isla Vista are usually safe cities. (Source: KEYT/CNN)

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA (KEYT/CNN) - Seven people are dead and seven others are hurt after a drive-by shooting rampage Friday night in southern California.

Sheriff's officials say a gunman opened fire from a slow-moving car in Isla Vista, near the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Authorities say there were nine separate crime scenes.

Witnesses described the terrifying scene.

"It's crazy. That's the last thing in Santa Barbara you expect to happen, especially in IV, because usually Santa Barbara and IV is like one of the safest cities and nice cities too, you know. And all of a sudden, you just hear about shooting and it's something... I still don't believe that it happened," Isla Vista Deli Mart Owner Mike Hassan said.

"All of a sudden, we hear like five really loud gunshots, and, originally, I thought that it was like fireworks or something because it was just so loud and we're kind of used to these loud noises around here. And then, all of a sudden, a bunch of people from outside started running into the store and we're all just like, 'Take cover! Take cover!' And everyone just comes pouring in," University of California-Santa Barbara student Cayla Bergman said.

"Loud things happen all the time, but then when people started running in and getting down and huddling in corners, then that's when I was like, 'This is real,'" Santa Barbara City college student Derrick Poe said.

The suspect is among the dead.

He was found with an apparent gunshot wound.

It's unclear if he killed himself or if he was shot in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies.

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