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US gunman Elliot Rodger was son of Hollywood director and Malaysian mother

Published on May 26, 2014 12:03 AM

The 22-year-old gunman who killed six people in a bustling Californian college town late on Friday was British-born and also of Malaysian descent, reports said on Sunday. 

Elliot Rodger, who also injured 13 people, was born in London to an English father. Mr Peter Rodger, 49, is an assistant director of the 2012 Hollywood blockbuster The Hunger Games.

The UK's Daily Mail newspaper lists his mother as Malaysian-born mother, Li Chin, now 53. She is believed to have been a nurse, and has a daughter with Elliot's father. The family moved to the US when Elliot was five.

Quoting a family friend, The Mail reported that Peter Rodger and Li Chin divorced soon after moving to the US and he later married Soumaya Akaaboune, a French actress of Moroccan-French descent who appeared in Hollywood blockbuster Green Zone.

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