Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CALIFORNIA - Isla Vista College Town Shootings

How many have to die before police learn to believe parents and others that warn about unstable people.  LEOs need to be trained to assume people like this COULD be a danger, or better, take a psychologist with them.  This incident may have been averted if the police had searched Rodger's apartment back in April.

Also, Elliot Rodger is a poster 'child' for better gun control policies.

"One month before deadly rampage, California shooter evaded police suspicion" PBS NewsHour 5/26/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The college town of Isla Vista, California, just outside Santa Barbara, remained in mourning on this holiday, after a troubled student went on a killing spree there Friday night.  Officials have worked to piece together what happened.

The parents of Elliot Rodger called the police and rushed to Isla Vista desperate to stop their son, but were too late.  By the time they arrived on Friday night, Rodger had killed six people, injured 13 more and shot himself.  Rodger had e-mailed a 140-page manifesto, as he described it, to his parents shortly before the rampage.  In it, he mapped out his troubled life and what he called a day of retribution.

He had been planning the attack for three years, according to what he wrote in the manifesto.  He also posted multiple videos to YouTube.  The most recent one was uploaded the day before the shooting.

In these videos, he swore to annihilate all the women who he said had rejected him.

ELLIOT RODGER:  You forced me to suffer all my life, and now I will make you all suffer.  I have waited a long time for this.  I will give you exactly what you deserve, all of you, all you girls who rejected me and looked down upon me and treated me like scum.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  In late April, deputies from the sheriff’s office visited Rodger at his apartment after worried calls from state mental health officials.  On Sunday, county Sheriff Bill Brown said, at the time, they were given no reason to search his apartment.

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