MASS murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a violent rampage in California last Friday, was the grandson of a leading Hale photographer.

The UK-born student was also the son of Peter Rodger, assistant director on the Hunger Games movie franchise.

Elliot Rodger, who was 22, released a Youtube video hours before he committed the atrocities, stating he would take his revenge on humanity, particularly women who he said had never been interested in him.

He killed six people before seemingly taking his own life.

His grandfather, George Rodger, is hailed as one of the most important photographers of the last century, noted particularly for his coverage of the Second World War.

He was the first independent photographer to enter the Belsen concentration camp and vowed never to document war again after witnessing such horrific scenes.

Previously, his coverage of the Blitz in London and Coventry had had a great impact in America, leading to him becoming Life magazine's war correspondent.

He also photographed the D-Day landings at Normandy and later recorded the surrender of the German forces at Luneberg in 1945.

After the war, he co-founded the famous Magnum photographic agency with fellow photo-journalists Robert Capa, David Seymour and Henri Cartier-Bresson, and continued to travel the world.

He died in 1995 aged 87.

A commemorative blue plaque was unveiled at the home in which he lived for the first seven years of his life, 145 Hale Road, in 2000.

His war photographs have been exhibited at the Imperial War Museum North, in Trafford Quays.