Attorney Alan Shifman, representing the Rodger family, says Elliot’s father Peter Rodger believes his son is the shooter. (At this time, Elliot Rodger has not been publicly identified as the killer) Shifman says the family is staunchly against gun ownership, and they do not know how Rodger obtained his weapons:
The Rodger family offers their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy. We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain, and our hearts go out to everybody involved…My client’s mission in life will be to try to prevent any such tragedies from ever happening again. This country, this world, needs to address mental illness and the ramifications from not recognizing these illnesses.