Authorities checked on suspected California gunman's welfare last month: sheriff

Sat May 24, 2014 9:15pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Authorities last month checked on the welfare of the suspected gunman in the Isla Vista, California, shootings, making the visit at his family's request, and found him polite and courteous, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters on Saturday.

The gunman drove through Isla Vista in a black BMW on Friday night, shooting at people in the beachside community where many college students live. Seven people died in the rampage, including the suspect who was found dead inside of a crashed vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

(Reporting by Bill Trott, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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merryelle wrote:
the mentally ill should not be allowed guns; any family member complaining about their relatives behavior should be immediately flagged; and no gun or ammo should be sold. Why is this such a monumental task. Mentally ill can kill, we know this!

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