Crime & Justice

Isla Vista shootings: Elliot Rodger's dad hopes to prevent killings

Peter Rodger, whose son went on a shooting rampage near the campus of UC Santa Barbara earlier this year, is shown in a file photo from the Cannes Film Festival. Rodger said in a letter provided to ABC on Friday, June 27, 2014, that he wants to help people recognize warning signs of mental illness within families.
Peter Rodger, whose son went on a shooting rampage near the campus of UC Santa Barbara earlier this year, is shown in a file photo from the Cannes Film Festival. Rodger said in a letter provided to ABC on Friday, June 27, 2014, that he wants to help people recognize warning signs of mental illness within families.
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The father of the young man who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last month says it's his "duty" to help prevent future mass killings.

In a letter provided to ABC on Friday, Peter Rodger says he wants to help people recognize warning signs of mental illness within families.

He says his son, Elliot, hid his sickness from his family, mental health professionals and law enforcement. The father says in hindsight he is beginning to understand there are traits that family members can look out for in loved ones.

Peter Rodger also spoke to Barbara Walters in an interview to air Friday as an ABC News prime-time special. ABC aired a preview clip ahead of the special, which you can see below.

 

Elliot Rodger died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after the May 23 rampage.