California Country Bar Shooter Identified as Ian David Long
According to multiple accounts, Long burst into a country bar called the Borderline Bar & Gill late Wednesday night (Nov. 7) and began firing on the hundreds of patrons who were there to attend a college country night. Long was found dead at the scene, and his motive for the crime is under investigation.
According to ABC News, law enforcement swarmed a neighborhood in the Newbury Park area just before 7AM Thursday morning (Nov. 8) and roped off Long's house. One of Long's neighbors revealed he was a veteran, and that he suffered from PTSD.
"I don't know what he was doing with a gun," she said.
Other neighbors told ABC that Long lived at that house with his mother. ABC reports that the gun used in the attack was a .45-caliber handgun that was purchased legally.
CNN reports that Long used a Glock .45-caliber handgun, and Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says he believes the shooter killed himself. The news outlet reports that Long was active in the U.S. Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013.
He'd had multiple previous contacts with law enforcement, including an incident in April, when officers responded to a disturbance at Long's house and he was acting "irate and acting irrationally," according to Dean. After meeting with Long, a mental health specialist decided not to detain him. Dean says Long's other prior contacts included a traffic accident, as well as an incident in which he was the victim of battery at a bar.
12 people have been reported dead in the Thousand Oaks shooting, including Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of law enforcement who intended to retire in a year. Helus is being remembered as a hero for trying to stop the shooting spree. Authorities say one other person suffered a gunshot, and as many as 15 others sustained various minor injuries while trying to flee the scene of the shooting.
Other confirmed victims in the shooting in Thousand Oaks include Alaina Housley, the niece of former Fox News reporter Adam Housley and Sister, Sister actress Tamera Mowry-Housley; 22-year-old Cody Coffman; 23-year-old Justin Meek; Sean Adler; 21-year-old Blake Dingman; Marine Corps veteran Daniel Manrique; dancer and artist Noel Sparks; 27-year-old Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos; 21-year-old Jake Dunham; Mark Meza; and Kristina Morisette.
Borderline's website lists John Rich, Collin Raye, Mark Chesnutt, Lee Brice and Tyler Farr among the artists who have performed there over the years, and Rich was among the country artists who responded to the tragedy on Twitter Thursday morning, along with Charlie Daniels, Morgan Wallen. LeAnn Rimes and Margo Price.
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