Gunman In California Killings Had Police Encounters Before The Rampage

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CBS— Police said they now have a clearer picture of what sparked the deadly college rampage near Santa Barbara, California Friday night.

Seven people are dead, including the gunman. Thirteen others are injured.

CBS News correspondent David Begnau talked with a deli owner on the street where 22-year-old Elliot Rodger opened fire.

“That could have been any of us, me, my son, any of our employees,” said owner Sam Hassan.

Hassan said he knew Rodger and 20-year-old Christopher Michael-Martinez, who was killed inside his store.

Sheriff Bill Brown said Rodger first stabbed three of his roommates to death before getting into his black BMW armed with three handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Brown said when he was through, four men and two women were dead at ten different crime scenes. The sheriff said Rodger was found dead in his crashed car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following two shootouts with deputies.

Begnau reported that the police had at least three encounters with Rodger over the past few years…the most recent one just weeks ago after his parents became alarmed about videos he posted on his YouTube channel.

“He was able to make a very convincing story, that there was no problem, that he wasn’t going to hurt himself or anyone else,” Sheriff Brown said, “And it just didn’t meet the criteria for any further intervention”

Brown said the department is deflecting criticism that deputies could have done more at the time.

“We certainly, you know, wish that we could turn the clock back and maybe change some things.” Brown said.

Brown said Rodger’s parents are cooperating with the investigation. Authorities are finalizing notification to relatives and are working to make positive identifications of the victims

CBS News reported that the most troubling in the manifesto was Rodger’s account of the police’s April visit. He wrote that he was concerned authorities would search his apartment and find out what he was up to.


  • Daryl

    This is very tragic indeed, I don’t think there is much the police could have done further to prevent this from happening, due to current U.S. laws when dealing the mentally ill police are up against civil laws that protect the rights to their privacy.

    Lots of things let these officers down to be able to perform there jobs. The young man’s very own professional doctors didn’t see that he was a potential threat to harming others and they had more contact with him than any law enforcement officers did, the officers only had a few minutes to interview and determine the welfare and mental capacity of this young man, so a professional doctor had weeks and even years of observation, but they didn’t see this coming!

    We need more mental illness centers in America, taking a citizens gun rights away is not going to happen just because you think a person might cause someone harm. It takes more than that, a judge’s order is required with huge proof that a crime might be committed by that individual. If he was a felon then no problem, this was the average citizen with some mental illness since he was a young boy who showed no criminal history, no judge would of ordered the removal of his basic citizen rights. It’s a violation of his constitutional rights that we all fight to protect, which people are now saying that police should of seen the signs and prevented the situation.

    I would say a lot of things went wrong in this situation, healthcare in America is the problem. Lack of knowledge about mental illness and ignoring it in America is the problem. The very laws in America that you ask our officers to uphold and prevents or hampers the situation is the problem.

  • Sarah 1

    Excellent comment.

    Such a tragedy for the families. My heart goes out to them.

    If you read in detail about the online misogyny commentary of Elliott Rodger, he was out to get even with women for their absence of interest in him.

    Please teach your teenagers that no means no and it does not reflect on the pursuer, it just means no.

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