Police Unaware Student Had Firearms Before Killings: Report
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[May 31, 2014]
(Reuters) - Authorities did not know
that Elliot Rodger, whose shooting rampage left six dead and more than a
dozen injured in a California college town, owned firearms despite three
interactions with the police within the year, the Los Angeles Times
Rodger had legally purchased three firearms leading up to the
shooting spree, a fact that authorities could have discovered by
searching law enforcement databases, the Times reported on Friday.
"The issue of weapons did not come up," sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly
Hoover told the Times. "We had no information that he had weapons or
reason to believe he had weapons."
The news comes a day after the sheriff's office revealed new details
about a welfare check the police conducted on the night of April 30
on Roger outside his apartment, following a concerned call from a
county mental health worker.
That night, just weeks before the killings in Isla Vista,
California, a half dozen officers responded to the call and asked
Rodger about disturbing videos he had posted online. Police
described Rodger as shy, timid and polite, and following the 10
minute meeting, did not consider him a threat to himself or others.
"They did not view the videos or conduct a weapons check on Rodger,"
a statement from the sheriff's office said.
Rodger later wrote in a 137-page manifesto that he sent to his
parents, therapist and several others just minutes before launching
his shooting spree that he feared the police would foil his plot
during that encounter.
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"I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow
discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it,"
Rodger wrote in the document published in part by The Los Angeles
"If that was the case, the police would have searched my room, found
all of my guns and weapons, along with my writings about what I plan
to do with them."
The sheriff's office has maintained that the responding officers
acted professionally and within state law and the department
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Matt Driskill)
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