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California gunman 'not a danger' pre-rampage: Police

Published on May 26, 2014 12:04 AM

SANTA BARBARA (AFP) - A 22-year-old man who killed six people in a violent rampage in California convinced police he was not a threat to others in a meeting prior to the attack, officials said Sunday.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said authorities had received a tip on April 30 concerning Elliot Rodger, who took his own life after Friday's killing spree in the town of Isla Vista, outside of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

A local mental health department official requested law enforcement carry out a welfare check on Rodger following the tip-off, and sheriff's deputies visited the troubled man, Brown told CNN on Sunday.

"They found him to be rather shy and timid, polite, well-spoken," Brown said.

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