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Isla Vista Shooting

Police question Rodger

30 Apr, 2014

Police visit Rodger at the request of his family, who became concerned after viewing YouTube videos he posted that, a lawyer later says, regard “suicide and the killing of people.” According to his mother, Rodger suffers from mental disabilities and is possibly capable of violence. However, police decide that while Rodger is shy and socially awkward, he is polite and well-spoken, and decide he does “not meet the criteria for an involuntary hold.” Rodger reassures the police officers that his parents misunderstood the situation, and they depart without incident and┬áremoves the videos from YouTube. Later, Rodger writes of his fear that his guns, and his plans for conducting a murder spree, had been discovered:

I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it. 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. I would have been thrown in jail, denied of the chance to exact revenge on my enemies. I can’t imagine a hell darker than that.