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British-born gunman 'convinced US authorities he was no threat'

British-born gunman Elliot Rodger, who stabbed and killed his US college room-mates before embarking on a shooting rampage, convinced authorities that he was not a threat during a welfare check to his home last month.

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Gun rampage in Santa Barbara 'impossible to prevent'

A shooting that left seven dead in Santa Barbara was impossible to prevent and impossible to predict, a former homeland security secretary has said.

UC Santa Barbara student Allie Nelch places a flower at a makeshift shrine Credit: Reuters

Janet Napolitano, also the current University of California president, told the Associated Press she was "shocked and deeply saddened" and was sending thoughts and prayers "to the victims of this tragedy, their families and the entire Santa Barbara community".

Elliot Rodger, 22, was confirmed by his family's attorney as the California gunman that killed six people, NBC News reported earlier.

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