The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department was aware that Elliot Rodger had placed some bizarre videos on YouTube three weeks before the college student went on his killing spree, but failed to watch the recordings.
This revelation, reported by the Associated Press, contradicts a statement last Sunday from sheriff's department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover, who claimed, "The sheriff's office was not aware of any videos until after the shooting rampage occurred."
However, the sheriff's department still says it was unaware of Rodger's final threatening video, entitled "Day of Retribution," until after Rodger killed six people last Friday.
During their visit to Rodger's apartment on April 30, sheriff's deputies did not conduct a search to see if Rodger owned any guns because they did not onsider him a threat.
According to the sheriff's department, Rodger uploaded his "Day of Retribution" to YouTube at 9:17 p.m. on the night of the shootings. He then emailed his 100+ page manifesto to his parents and therapist about his plans and contempt for those whom he blamed.
Rodger wrote in his manifesto how the sheriff's deputies asked him if he felt suicidal on April 30: "I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room that would have ended everything."
Rodger's former roommate Chris Rugg told ABC News today that he had a "bad feeling" while living with Rodger last year.
"I felt that this was someone who needed help and he had put himself in a position where he couldn't help himself and that puts it on the community to help those who can’t help each other," said Rugg.
"I had my opportunity living with him when I knew things were up that I could have called in and it was my opportunity to help and I didn't," added Rugg.
Rugg recalled that he moved out of the apartment last June because he was "getting really uncomfortable living there."
During his May 23 killing spree, Rodger killed his two current roommates and a guest with a knife.
"The Isla Vista culture is very much focused on going out, having a party and taking a girl home with you and stuff like that, so I can understand it hurting and making him feel lonely if it doesn't work out, but not quite to the extreme that it was taken," stated Rugg.