California shooting: Ex-Marine hero kills 12 in bar

Leroy Wright
November 9, 2018

They would sometimes go to Borderline "three nights in a row just so we could be with each other", he told KABC.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean named the suspect as Ian Long, aged 28.

The fire broke out to the northeast of Thousand Oaks, a suburb 40 miles (64 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, on Thursday afternoon, forcing mandatory evacuations of 75,000 homes in communities in the area.

Authorities brought in a mental health specialist who concluded that Long could not be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation but anxious the 28-year-old Marine veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to the Pentagon, Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013. "He looked like he knew what he was doing".

At least 12 people have been killed, including a police officer, at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

Authorities so far had no indication of a motive, or of any connection to terrorism. He said responding deputies could hear gunshots as they arrived on scene. "Until I find out particularly what the specifics are with this kid who did the shooting I'm not gonna be vilifying him".

Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer, who hasn't been publicly named, were on scene within minutes, and were the first responders to courageous their way into the bar, darkened by a smoke bomb set off by Long.

Dean estimated 10 to 15 people went to the area hospitals for what he expects are minor injuries. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero. "I don't sit in a room with my back to the door".

Asked what the scene inside the bar was like, Dean said, "Like ... hell". And survivors of the latest mass shooting in the United States huddled together, tearfully embracing amid police cars' flashing lights. The weapon had an extended magazine, but law enforcement has not determined how many rounds it could hold with the modification, or whether the shooter reloaded the weapon during the shooting.

"My friend killed my other friends, and I was just there to see it all happen", Stratton said.

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"We didn't take it seriously at first. because it sounded like firecrackers and everyone just dropped down to the floor". He shot a security guard at the front entrance then deployed smoke bombs inside before shooting at random.

Dean described the scene inside the bar as "like hell".

"I already didn't wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time, " Kelly said outside his home in Thousand Oaks.

In April, police attended his home and found him "somewhat irate" and "acting a little irrationally".

Paul Delacourt, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles office, said it appears Long acted alone. He was a machine gunner.

Knapp, a student at nearby Moorpark College, ducked behind a pool table with a few other people, he said, even as some patrons kept line dancing, apparently unaware of the gunfire around them.

Dean said he had been told that 150 to 200 people were in the Borderline at the time.

"I remember when I was on the ground, seeing a girl getting trampled", she said.

TV footage showed SWAT teams surrounding the bar, with distraught revelers milling around and using their cell phones as lights from police cars flashed.

It was the second mass shooting in America in less than two weeks. A sheriff's deputy, 12 attendees and the gunmen were killed.

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