Father opens up to Barbara Walters about son's rampage

British director Peter Rodger attends a Portrait Session held at the Grand Hotel during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2009 in Cannes, France.  (Sean Gallup, Getty Images)
British director Peter Rodger attends a Portrait Session held at the Grand Hotel during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Sean Gallup, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/26 4:07 pm

Hollywood assistant director Peter Rodger has finally opened up about his son's shooting rampage for the first time on television, insisting that he did not spot any warning signs to suggest his child would commit mass murder.

Elliot Rodger embarked on a vengeful killing spree on May 23, shooting six people dead and injuring 13 others as part of a protest against the University of the City of Santa Barbara girls who had rejected him romantically.

His father sat down for his first post-tragedy interview with Barbara Walters, and he explains he feels like he is living in a nightmare.

He says, "Every night that I go to sleep I wake up and I think about those young men and women that have died and were injured and were terrorized, and my son did that. My son caused so much pain and suffering for so many families.

"It's like a reverse nightmare situation, where you go to sleep normally, you have a nightmare and then you wake up and you're like, 'Oh everything's OK'. Now I go to sleep and I might have a nice dream and then I wake up and slowly the truth of what happened dawns on me, and that is that my son was a mass murderer."

Peter insists he could have never imagined his son would hurt anyone, adding there were no signs of trouble prior to the massacre.

He continues, "There's no way that I thought that this boy could hurt a flea. This is the most unbelievable thing... that I don't get. We didn't see this coming at all."

Walters' full interview with Peter will air on 20/20 on Friday.

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