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Elliot Rodger's parents heard of massacre on car radio

This image from video posted on YouTube shows Elliot Rodger. Sheriff's officials say Rodger was the gunman who went on a shooting rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23, 2014. In the video, posted on the same day as the shootings, Rodger looks at the camera and says he is going to take his revenge against humanity. He describes loneliness and frustration because
This image from video posted on YouTube shows Elliot Rodger. Sheriff's officials say Rodger was the gunman who went on a shooting rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23, 2014. In the video, posted on the same day as the shootings, Rodger looks at the camera and says he is going to take his revenge against humanity. He describes loneliness and frustration because "girls have never been attracted to me." (AP Photo/YouTube)
University of California students hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting

Nick Allen

The gunman emailed his plan to 30 people, including his parents and therapist, minutes before the attack

The parents of California gunman Elliot Rodger heard about his rampage on their car radio as they rushed to the scene in an attempt to stop him committing mass murder.

Minutes before launching an onslaught that killed six people and wounded 13 the gunman emailed his 141-page manifesto to 30 people including his mother, father, former teachers and therapists.

One of the therapists immediately telephoned Rodger's mother Chin Rodger. He said "Have you gotten Elliot's email? I think you should see it."

The time was 9.17pm on Friday, about 13 minutes before the massacre began.

Mrs Rodger then looked at his YouTube page, where her son had previously placed disturbing videos, and found a new one of him talking about "revenge against humanity".

She called the police and and the gunman's father, Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger. Together, they began driving 100 miles from just outside Los Angeles to Isla Vista, where their son was a student at the University of California Santa Barbara

The reports on the radio confmed a shooting had happened. When they got to Isla Vista police told them Rodger, 22, was the shooter.

IV Deli Mart owner Michael Hassan, left, and his employee clean up the store where part of the mass shooting took place

 

According to family friend Simon Astaire the boy had been seeing therapists from the age of eight, including virtually every day through his high school years.

Mr Astaire told CNN the he was "reserved to a daunting degree" but "guns were never part of the dialogue".

He said: "His parents were conscious and concerned about their son's health. They thought he was in good hands."

But he added that "in a moment of indescribable grief" they were "of course asking themselves 'Did we do as much as we can do?'"

Others who received the manifesto by email included Cathleen Bloeser, 58, mother of Rodger's childhood friend Paul Bloeser.

She said Rodger had previously asked for Paul and another former friend to stay with him at his apartment in Isla Vista on the weekend of the shooting. She sad Rodger had also, in the past, talked to her son about wanting to rape women.

She told Reuters: "I have a feeling that they would have been right there as a part of it and been shot as well.

"We could see that he was turning.He'd changed emotionally and he'd become very despondent and he wanted to get back at people."

Three victims Rodger killed at the Capri apartment complex were identified as his roommates Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and George Chen, 19. The other was Weihan Wang, 20.

Rodger had previously accused Hong, who was from Taiwan, of stealing three candles worth $22 from him, and had attempted to make a citizen's arrest.

The other three people who died were identified earlier as fellow students Katie Cooper, 22, Christoper Martinez, 20 and Veronica Weiss, 19. After killing them Rodger shot himself dead.

Telegraph.co.uk

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