LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of the young man who shot six people to death and wounded more than a dozen others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last month said it's his "duty" to help prevent future mass murders.
In a letter provided to ABC News on Friday, Peter Rodger said he wants to help people recognize warning signs of mental illness within families.
He said his son, Elliot, hid his illness from his family, mental health professionals and even law enforcement. Rodger said, in hindsight, he is beginning to understand there are traits that family members can look out for in loved ones.
Rodger, who works in Hollywood as an assistant film director, also spoke to Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday as an ABC News prime-time special.
Authorities say Elliot Rodger killed himself with a gunshot to the head immediately after crashing his car following the rampage, as police closed in.
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