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California killer’s parents frantically searched for son during shooting

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Elliot Rodger's mother read his manifesto, alerted his father, and they set out to find him

The Santa Barbara shooter had sent the writing to a couple dozen people, family friend says

Rodger's parents say the April 30 well-being check was a turning point, friend says

Elliot Rodger had been seeing therapists since he was 8, family friend says

Santa Barbara, California CNN —  

As Elliot Rodger was carrying out a deadly rampage Friday night around Santa Barbara, his parents were frantically trying to find him, having just received a chilling manifesto from their son.

Rodger, 22, sent a couple dozen people – including his parents and at least one of his therapists – the 140-page document via e-mail not long before the shootings began, Simon Astaire, a family friend, told CNN.