SANTA BARBARA, CA – The more we learn about Elliot Rodger, the man who police say killed six people in Santa Barbara Friday, the more disturbing the story grows.
Police have now revealed a more specific timeline of events — and it turns out this tragedy began to unfold long before Friday night.
Rodger’s own family contacted police after seeing disturbing social media posts, and a Reddit user posted one of Rodger’s videos days before the shooting. The top-rated comment?
“If this isn’t a troll, then I bet we find out this guy is a serial killer.”
Cops were disturbed enough to pay the 22-year-old a visit back in April.
At that time, “he did not meet criteria for 5150 of the welfare institution’s code, which is what would authorize him being held temporarily for an examination,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.
Rodger wrote of the visit in a manifesto cops discovered after the shooting.
“I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do … 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.”
Police say he carried out that plan Friday, when he stabbed three men to death in his apartment.
He then paid a visit to a sorority he mentioned in his manifesto.
“Several members of this sorority reported hearing loud and aggressive knocking at the front door, which lasted for one to two minutes,” Sheriff Brown said. “Fortunately, no one opened the door.”
Rodger went on to shoot and kill Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19, both UCSB sorority members, and 20-year-old Christopher Michael-Martinez.
His father spoke out about the death of his only child.
“They talk about gun rights,” Richard Martinez said. “What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this?”
Now family and friends are left to pick up the pieces and to wonder — there were so many signs, how did Elliot Rodger fall through the cracks?