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Tri-Valley Man Inside Deli During UCSB Shooting Called His Mom to Say Goodbye

Dylan Fontillas told KPIX he is "just happy to be alive."

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A Pleasanton man who is lucky to be alive after surviving shooting rampage inside the I.V Deli Mart in Santa Barbara on Friday night told KPIX 5 he immediately called his mom to tell her he loved her.

Dylan Fontillas, a student at the Santa Barbara City College, was in the deli when Elliot Rodger shot and killed Christopher Michaels-Martinez. Fontillas could be seen on the surveillance footage ducking and diving as the bullets flew past him. 

"He [Rodgers] had no target, was just shooting at everyone," Fontillas said in an interview with KPIX 5. 

Fontillas described the shooting as lasting about 15 to 20 seconds.

Fontillas told KPIX 5 he will always remember the look on Rodger's face, "He was almost smiling, like he was happy about what was going on. It was very chilling. I’ll remember that face for a long time."

Fontillas sent several tweets after the shooting recounting the traumatic scene:
  • "Witnessed a kid get shot and watched him die in front of me while they used my shirt to cover his wounds and reccesitate him. Crazy night."
  • "I was no more than 2 feet from the dude who took 2 to the chest. U don't kno fear tilur on the ground crawling away from some1 shooting at u."
  • "Omg@ i can't believe we just got shot at in IV deli"
The I.V. Deli Mart posted a condolence message in their Facebook page the day after the shooting.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families affected by last nights tragic event in our home of Isla Vista."

Three other UCSB mass murder victims were from the Bay Area including 20-year-old Weihan "David" Wang of Fremont.

Related: Parents of Fremont Man Murdered in UCSB Massacre Say Son Wanted to Move Out

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Barbara McMurray June 04, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Not to split hairs, but in the name of accurate reporting, it sounds like he called his mom to tell her he loved her, not to "say goodbye" as the headline indicates. Or is this story missing a puzzle piece?

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