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Sheriffs never saw menacing videos before rampage

A college student talks on the phone near the scene of a shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and others wounded, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) -
A college student talks on the phone near the scene of a shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and others wounded, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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By Martha Mendoza And Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press

GOLETA, Calif. - The Internet videos posted by Elliot Rodger are filled with threats and bitterness, but sheriff's deputies didn't become aware of them until it was too late.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says the agency "was not aware of any videos" until after Rodger went on beach-town rampage that left six dead and 13 wounded.

Authorities believe the 22-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

A Rodger family attorney says they called police after being alarmed by videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people" that Rodger had posted.

Deputies visited Rodger last month after being alerted by local health officials, who had been in touch with the family. They concluded he posed no threat.

It's not clear why the sheriffs did not see the videos.

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