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Gun rampage killer had sent parents his chilling manifesto

By Neil Lancefield and Dominic Harris

The parents of British-born Elliot Rodger desperately searched for him as he carried out a deadly gun and knife rampage in the US, after they received his chilling manifesto, according to a family friend.

Self-confessed loner Elliot Rodger (22) is believed to have shot himself in his car after he fought two gun battles with police in Santa Barbara, California on Friday night.

He emailed a 140-page document to several people, including his parents and therapist, just before the shootings began in the town of Isla Vista on Friday night, family friend Simon Astaire told CNN.

The manifesto details his rejection by women and his fury at men who find it easy to attract the opposite sex.

It also chronicles his distress about his height, appearance and his parents' divorce.

He said he would carry out the killings because he was a virgin and had never kissed a girl.

Rodger's mother, Lichin, saw the email at 9.17pm local time and immediately went to her son's YouTube page, where she saw a video, entitled "Elliot Rodger's retribution" that he posted on the day of the killings, Mr Astaire told CNN.

In the video, Rodger spoke of his plan to "slaughter" women at a sorority house at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

He also promises retribution for his "loneliness and frustration" at never having had a girlfriend.

The recording shows Rodger sitting in his car, looking directly at the camera and declaring "the day of retribution" was coming.

The student went on: "For the last eight years of my life, ever since I hit puberty, I've been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires all because girls have never been attracted to me."

Rodger said: "All you popular kids, you've never accepted me and now you'll pay for it. I'll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male."

Mr Astaire told the news network Rodger's mother called his father Peter, a Hollywood film-maker, before calling 911 and the parents set off for Santa Barbara from Los Angeles.

On the way to the seaside town they heard there was a shooting and later that night, they found out their son was behind the violence, the family friend said.

Sheriff Bill Brown said the student stabbed three men to death in his apartment before killing three more people in a shooting spree.

Among the dead were two women, aged 19 and 22, who were gunned down outside a university sorority house and a male student who was shot in a delicatessen.

Police described the spree as "premeditated mass murder".

His father, British film-maker Peter Rodger, was educated in Maidstone, Kent, and was assistant director on 2012 blockbuster The Hunger Games.

Around 3,000 students gathered for a vigil to remember the dead on the University of California's Santa Barbara campus.

Many of them held candles during the emotional event.

The Rodger family's lawyer, Alan Shifman, revealed that they called police several weeks ago after being alarmed that the future killer had uploaded several YouTube videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people".

Police interviewed him at his home but found him to be a "perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human", Mr Shifman said.

The shootings began at 9.30pm local time on Friday.

Rodger, who had Asperger's syndrome, opened fire at random as he drove around the beach community near the University of California campus.

The Santa Barbara City College student shot pedestrians, ran over two cyclists and exchanged gunfire with police before crashing his BMW into a parked car.

He was found shot in the head in what was believed to be suicide. He had three 9mm semi-automatic guns in his car as well as more than 400 rounds of ammunition.

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