12 DEAD, GRIZZLY SHOOTING in Thousand Oaks
The former Marine accused of gunning down 12 people at a California bar hosting a college student night may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, authorities said Thursday.
Ian David Long, 28, was on active duty with the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, and his service included a tour in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand Province, according to NBC News.
Long drove his mother’s car to the bar just after 11 p.m. Wednesday dressed in all black.
Upon entering the venue – which was hosting its weekly “College Country” night – he tossed three smoke bombs into the crowd before opening fire.
Long used a .45 caliber Glock he’d purchased legally, though he had modified the weapon with an extended magazine, said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus, who planned to retire next year after 29 years on the force, was the first victim identified.
“As I told his wife, he died a hero,” Dean said. “He went in to save lives, to save other people.”
Long – who was found dead in the Borderline Bar & Grill after the attack – was no stranger to authorities, as the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department had responded in April to a call to his Newbury Park, Calif., home.
At the time, he was found acting irate and irrational, but was not taken into custody after mental health professionals determined he was not a danger to himself or to others.
Richard Berge, a neighbor, told the Los Angeles Times that Long’s outbursts were common knowledge around the neighborhood, and the veteran — who lived with his mother — was known to kick in the walls of his home.
The PTSD factor echoes that of other mass shootings from around the country; in 2016, Gavin Long, a former Marine who reportedly told a doctor he was suffering from PTSD, shot and killed three cops outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge.
Here’s what we know about shooter Ian David Long so far:
- He had previous run-ins with the law: In April, officers responded to a disturbance at Long’s home, and he was irate and acting irrationally, said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.
- He was in the Marine Corps: Long was on active duty from August 2008 to March 2013, according to Defense Department records.
- He lived with his mother: A neighbor told CNN that Long’s mother “lived in fear” of what her son might do, saying when police were called to the house earlier this year “it took them about a half a day to get him out of the house.”
- He was divorced: Long got married in 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but got separated in 2011 and dissolved the marriage in April 2013 in Ventura County, California. They had no children and owned no property.
- He is believed to have killed himself: His body was found inside the bar when police were able to enter the building.
- He used to frequent Borderline Bar & Grill: The bar was the site of the deadly shooting. One of Long’s old friends, who declined to be identified, said, “He was a part of that community.”
- His friends describe him as “a very stable man.” Mark Waid, one of Long’s high school friends, told CNN, “The Ian I knew would not do this.” Three other friends, who declined to be identified, also expressed surprise. One commented, “I don’t know what the hell happened.”
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