Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

California bar shooting: Ian David Long identified as suspect

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Deanna Wagner | 09 November, 2018, 10:45

"It's a horrific scene in there", said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean at a news conference in the parking lot of the Borderline Bar and Grill, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The shooter has been identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former US Marine with mental health problems.

Kuredjian said the shooter no longer posed a threat to surrounding communities, but could not confirm if he was shot dead or captured.

In April this year, deputies were called to his house for a disturbance and found him "acting a little irrationally". A mental health crisis team was called at the time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

Long's only other contact with authorities came after a traffic collision and after he alleged he was the victim of a violent encounter in 2015 at another bar in Thousand Oaks, the sheriff said.

The bloodshed was the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of mass shootings that are happening with terrifying frequency across the United States. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that".

"We will be sure to paint a picture of the state of mind of the subject and do our best to identify a motivation", Delacourt said, adding that the FBI would investigate any possible "radicalization" or links to militant groups.

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and son and planned to retire next year. But Dean said the gun had an extended magazine that is illegal in California.

"Great bravery shown by police".

Mourners outside a reception centre for families of victims.

Other neighbours said they did not recognise the suspect's name, adding that his mother would wave as she drove by as they watered their lawn.

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"We must find a way to stop the senseless, and many times preventable killings that are robbing our country of innocent lives", he tweeted.

Witnesses said a hooded gunman entered the building in dark clothing and shot the doorperson before shooting into the crowd of dancers shortly after 11 p.m., The Associated Press reported. "I don't want thoughts".

"I was confused because we didn't have any balloons".

He was one of the first law enforcement officials to respond - and called his wife just before walking into the bar where he was shot dead. "I ran out the front door".

In social media posts, Molly Mauer said she was at Borderline and also survived Vegas. "Pop pop pop", he said. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place.

"I know that, being a religious person, that God is never going to give me anything more than I can handle", he said.

Law enforcement officials said 10 to 15 people went to hospitals with injuries, including at least one with gunshot wounds.

"There's people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there's people that have seen it twice", he said.

The body of the slain sheriff's officer was taken by motorcade from the hospital to the coroner's office yesterday. Witnesses described a rapid sequence of shots that it made them think he was using a semi-automatic weapon. "You just don't expect it to happen in Thousand Oaks".

"I heard shots", he told CBS in an interview, "and that's not a noise you mistake for anything else."
"It doesn't matter how safe your community is".

None of the civilian victims were identified.