Hunger Games second unit director Peter Rodger has confirmed that his son, Elliot Rodger, is the Santa Barbara shooting suspect that was killed yesterday evening. In addition, Elliot Rodger’s Asperger’s syndrome and depression are thought to have played a role in triggering the mass shooting, which many will remember as being talked a lot about in relation to Adam Lanza and the Newtown shootings. The family also brought up the issue of gun control in relation to their son.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Elliot Rodger’s video and Facebook show that the man was obsessed with having a girlfriend and was extremely resentful that women were rejecting him. In the very last video, the Santa Barbara shooter ended it by laughing maniacally like a villain from a movie and said:
“Tomorrow I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you. Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me. Girls, all I’ve ever wanted was to love you and to be loved by you. I’ve wanted sex. I’ve wanted love, affection, adoration. You think I’m unworthy of it. That’s a crime that can never be forgiven. If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you. 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.”
Although authorities have no yet confirmed that Elliot Rodger is the Isla Vista shooter, Mr. Rodger says it was his son who killed seven people by driving around in his black BMW and stopping to shoot at women. Rodger’s lawyer, Alan Shifman, said today that the “family believes the child was the perpetrator” and they’ve released a statement directed at the families of the victims:
“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.”
The 22-year-old Elliot is also described as having trouble making friends and was currently receiving professional help for his mental issues. The lawyer says the Rodger family contacted police because they were worried about “recent posts on YouTube” by Elliot “regarding suicide and the killing of people.” Even Elliot realized how his behavior was upsetting his family because one of the descriptions for a YouTube videos posted by him read:
“I temporarily took all of my Vlog’s down due to the alarm it caused with some people in my family. I will post more updates in the future.”
The final videos by Elliot were published literally hours before he want on his murderous rampage.