Parents Of Santa Barbara Shooter Elliot Rodger Read His Manifesto Before Rampage Started: Live Updates
Monday, May 26, 13:00 p.m.
Suspected shooter UCSB Elliot Rodger sent his plan to two dozen people minutes before his shooting rampage started. His parents were among those who read the manifesto, and they were actually on their way to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles to stop their son when they heard the news of the assault. His therapist also reportedly received an email with the 140-page manifesto, getting in touch with Elliot's mother to say: "Have you gotten Elliot's email? I think you should see it," according to Astaire. However, at that point, it was already too late.
Sunday, May 25, 9:45 p.m.
The mother of suspected Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger reported him to police months before the attack took place. Rodger, who is suspected of killing six people before shooting himself in an attack on Friday night, convinced them he wasn't a threat.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said on Sunday that cops who visited Rodgers after his mother reported him decided against pursuing the case further, according to The New York Times.
They found him to be apparently shy, timid, polite, well-spoken. He explained to the deputies that this was a misunderstanding. ...He was able to convince them that he was not at that point a danger to himself or anyone else.
Actually, by the time cops had found him, Rodger's manifesto indicates he was well into planning his shooting and stabbing rampage. All of Rodger's weapons were legally purchased and registered to him.
Sunday, May 25, 1:15 p.m.
Elliot Rodger, who is suspected of killing six people during a stabbing-and-shooting rampage on Friday, reportedly blamed his problems in life on the women who turned him down over the years. In a manifesto titled My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger , the 22-year-old wrote, "All of my suffering on this world has been at the hands of humanity, particularly women." The 140-page diatribe also details his plans for the attack, which the document calls "the Day of Retribution."
Rodger seems to have been active in the online "pick-up artist" community as a member of PUAHate.com, a form for failed pick-up artists. On that website and others, he posted misogynistic and racist comments, including accusing women of "having control over which men breed and which men don't." Among his plans was a plot to kill every woman in a particular sorority for declining his advances. "After I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house," he said in a video posted to YouTube before the attacks, "I will take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there."
Sunday May 25, 12:51 p.m.
Alleged Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger legally owned the three semiautomatic handguns used in the shooting rampage Friday night, police say. Rodger allegedly stabbed three men to death in his apartment before taking his BMW to the streets, killing three more and injuring 13 with the firearms and his car. After a firefight, police found Rodger dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The three men found in Rodger's apartment were reportedly his roommates. His other victims included two sorority sisters, Katherine Cooper and Veronika Weiss, shot on their house's lawn and a UC Santa Barbara student in a deli. That student, Christopher Martinez, was a 20-year-old English major who intended to go to law school after college. Martinez's father partially blamed gun-rights activists for the tragedy. "Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA," he said. "They talk about gun rights – what about Chris' right to live? When will this insanity stop?"
Officials revealed on Friday night that the three guns found in Rodger's car – two SIG Sauer P226 pistols and a Glock 34 Longslide pistol – were all obtained through legal channels and registered to the 22-year-old Rodger. 41 unused ten-round magazines were also found in the BMW. Although police had responded to requests from Rodger's family to check on his well-being, deputies did not find enough reason to take him to a mental facility. Said Santa Barbara County Sheriff and Coroner Bill Brown:
You gotta understand that when a firearm is purchased there is a check run on people who purchase the firearm. But if a person has not been institutionalized or has not been taken against their will and put on a hold, that information is not entered into a database and is not disqualifying information for purchasing a firearm legally.
During the welfare check, police found him to be "polite and courteous," though lonely. They gave him discussed support options with him but ultimately cleared the case. The welfare check was not the only time Rodger had encountered police: Last June, officials interviewed him when he was hospitalized after an alleged assault, although police suspected that Rodger was the aggressor. Earlier this year he again met with police when he held his roommate under citizen's arrest for petty theft. The roommate had allegedly stolen three candles, valued at $22.
Rodger had reportedly seen therapists and was on the autism spectrum. The family's attorney, Alan Shifman, said in an interview with NBC News, "My client's mission in life will be to try to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again."