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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Elliot Rodger 'convinced authorities he was no threat'

Elliot Rodger's Facebook profile picture. Credit: Facebook

Isla Vista gunman Elliot Rodger convinced deputies that he was not a threat during a welfare check to his home last month, according to the local sheriff.

Family members contacted medical professionals expressing concern about the 22-year-old in April, but a check by police officials apparently left them convinced "that it was all a misunderstanding".

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told NBC News that Rodger was "able to convince them that he was not a threat to himself or to anyone else at the time".

He said the county's mental health and law enforcement services hoped to learn from the failure to prevent the tragedy.

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