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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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Santa Barbara shootings 'premeditated mass murder'

Local police have said the fatal shootings in the California town of Santa Barbara appear to be a "premeditated mass murder".

Seven people were killed, including the suspected gunman, and another seven injured during the attack near a University of California campus.

After reportedly spraying bullets from a moving car, the suspect was found dead, apparently with a gunshot wound to the head.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff, Bill Brown, addressing reporters.

Speaking to reporters, Sheriff Bill Brown said: "We have obtained and are currently analysing videotaped evidence that suggests that this atrocity was a premeditated mass murder."

Mr Brown also indicated a possible connection between the killings and a YouTube video showing a young man promising a "day of retribution" against women who had rejected him.

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