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  • 30 May 2014, 7:15

California Shootings: Video Warnings Ignored

Authorities have revealed that despite being warned about disturbing videos posted online by Elliot Rodger, Sheriff's deputies and police did not watch them.

The British-born student killed six people in a gun and knife rampage in Santa Barbara last week before taking his own life.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says four deputies and a police officer were sent to Rodger's apartment last month.

They were responding after being informed via a mental health hotline that Rodger's mother and a therapist were concerned about the videos.

Rodger was questioned for 10 minutes and deputies later briefed his mother by telephone.

During the interview, Rodger said he was having trouble fitting in socially, and that the videos were a way to express himself.

The officers found Rodger to be shy, timid and polite.

He reposted some of the videos prior to last Friday's rampage, in which 13 people were also wounded.

Rodger left several written manifestos and online videos explaining his motives.

He had obtained three semi-automatic handguns and still had 400 unspent rounds of ammunition when he turned the gun on himself.

The development comes after Rodger's parents issued a statement saying they were "crying out in pain for the victims and their families".

The statement was read on the NBC Today show on Thursday by a family friend, Simon Astaire.

"We are crying in pain for the victims and their families," the statement from Peter Rodger and his former wife Li Chin said.

"It breaks our hearts on a level that we didn't think possible."

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