New information revealed on CA rampage killer

(CNN) – California investigators are learning more about the college town killer. A friend of the Elliot Rodger says he never saw Rodger display any violent tendencies or any interest in guns.

CNN has learned Elliott Rodger’s father was racing from LA to Santa Barbara in a frantic search for his son when the source says he heard a news report on the radio. Someone driving a black BMW, just like the one his son drove, was on a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara.

Police say the 22-year-old Santa Barbara college student was shooting at will, exacting the revenge he’d been planning, police say, for at least a year.

Rodger taped this chilling Youtube video, titled “Retribution”, before killing six people and injuring 13 others Friday night.

“I wanted a girlfriend. I wanted sex. I wanted love, affection and adoration. You think I’m unworthy of it. That’s a crime that can never be forgiven.”

Rodger also outlined his deadly plans in a manifesto, obtained by CNN affiliate KEYT.

Lucky Radley is mentioned in the 137-page document. He grew up just a few doors down from Rodger.

“The Elliott Rodger I knew, he was just a really quiet guy. He never said any words. He was just, he was just really there. He didn’t say much. I don’t remember him saying anything. He only spoke when he was spoken to.”

A family friend, Simon Astaire, says Rodger sent his diatribe to a couple dozen people including his mother and father and therapist, just moments before terrorizing the UC Santa Barbara campus.

On Sunday, the ATF and county sheriff’s office searched his mother’s home.

Astaire says Rodger’s parents now feel a quote “pivotal moment” was missed last month. Six police officers conducted a well-being check on Rodger in April, after his mother discovered other videos he posted online, documenting his quote “loneliness and misery.” but the officers say they found nothing alarming during their check.

In his manifesto, Rodger expresses his “devastating fear” that police discovered his plan: “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.”

The family friend, Simon Astaire, says Rodger had been visiting therapists on and off since he was eight. By the time he was in high school he was seeing a therapist almost every day, according to Astaire. Astaire also says Rodger didn’t appear to have violent tendencies and never expressed any fascination with guns.

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