California Shooter Is Son of Hollywood Director

Peter Rodger's son killed 6, wounded 7 in rampage
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2014 2:59 PM CDT
Updated May 24, 2014 3:20 PM CDT
Markers are placed at the scene of a shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Looks like the 22-year-old who went on a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif., last night was the son of an assistant director on Hunger Games, says the Hollywood Reporter. The lawyer for Peter Rodger, second unit director on the film, told the AP that the family called police a few weeks ago after seeing the troubled young man's YouTube videos about "suicide and the killing of people." The suspect, Elliot Rodger, is accused of killing six and wounding seven before he exchanged fire with deputies and died from a bullet to the head.

Peter Rodger's attorney said police investigated after seeing the disturbing videos, but found no history of guns. The young man did have a hard time making friends, though. "This is my last video, it all has to come to this," said the young man in one of the videos, where he complained about women rejecting him. "Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge against humanity." Besides assistant directing on Hunger Games, Peter Rodger also made the documentary Oh My God, in which Hollywood stars discuss their feelings about God, Deadline reports. (Read more mass murder stories.)

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