UCSB student and 7-Eleven employee Jorge Anaya stands
outside the Isla Vista store where he saved a student shot
by Elliot Rodger, by helping to carry her into the store.
Police in the California community where a man killed six
college students say they had no grounds to search the
22-year-old suspect's home when they met him in April over a
report that he had posted disturbing videos.
The disclosure that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's
Department sent deputies to Elliot Rodger's door just weeks
before Friday night's shooting rampage has raised questions
about whether police could have done more to prevent the
Rodger's mother asked deputies on April 30 to check on him at
his apartment in the town of Isla Vista, near the University
of California at Santa Barbara, after she saw videos he had
posted on the Internet that she found disturbing.
Recounting that visit in a 140-page manifesto he sent to
friends and relatives shortly before the shooting began,
Rodger, the son of a Hollywood film director, said that if
the seven deputies at his door had searched his room, they
would have found the firearms he had hidden there and denied
him the chance to carry out his violent plans.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has said that
deputies found Rodger to be polite and courteous during the
encounter and that he did not appear to meet the criteria to
be held on mental health grounds.
On Monday, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover declined to
discuss that visit in greater detail, pending an internal
investigation, but said that deputies in general were barred
from entering a residence without a warrant.
"An exception would be if deputies felt that a person was a
harm to themselves or others or there was an immediate
threat," Hoover said. "In this case, we would have had to
determine that Elliot Rodger or his roommates were in
Authorities say Rodger fatally stabbed three people in his
apartment before shooting three people to death near the
University of California at Santa Barbara. He then shot
The two women and four men who were killed were aged 19 to 22
and students at the school. Thirteen people were wounded,
including eight shot by Rodger as he sped through town in his
black BMW, exchanging fire with police, authorities said.
'HE WAS JUST VERY QUIET'
Officers found Rodger dead in his car with three legally
purchased pistols and more than 400 rounds of ammunition.
Chris Pollard, who lived in the same building as Rodger and
knew him before the attacks, told Reuters in an interview
that the videos that had concerned his mother should have
been red flags for the sheriff's department.
"When it got to the point that the parents called the police,
it makes me wonder if the police even looked at the videos,"
Pollard, 22, said. "If they'd looked at the videos, they
could've done some sort of court order to do a search
But the young man conceded that deputies would have needed
legal grounds to search Rodger or his home and may not have
found that justification during their visit to his apartment.
"When you looked at him, there was no reason to get
concerned. He didn't seem like a threatening or intimidating
guy. He was just very quiet," Pollard said.
David Dusenbury, a former deputy chief of police in Long
Beach, California, said the deputies could have obtained a
warrant if the video explicitly threatened violence.
"If the caller said they feared he was going to harm somebody
or himself based upon Internet postings, I would say the
deputies did not go far enough in their investigation,"
He said that deputies could also have run Rodger through
their system to learn he had guns registered in his name
The deadly rampage has left the communities of Isla Vista and
Santa Barbara reeling. A spokeswoman for Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital said four of the wounded were in good
condition and one was in fair condition.
The University of California at Santa Barbara, which is
headed into its final exams, canceled classes on Tuesday for
a day of mourning.
The Isla Vista killings are the latest in a series of U.S.
mass murders carried out by mentally ill attackers, including
the December 2012 killings of 26 people at a Connecticut