Trouble ex-Marine, 28, is identified as gunman who massacred twelve people in Thousand Oaks, California during student night at country bar
Former Marine corporal Ian David Long killed himself on Wednesday in an office in the bar after killing 11 patrons and a sheriff’s sergeant who responded
At least 12 other patrons were injured in the mass shooting
Long dressed in all-black and using a legally owned .45 caliber handgun which had an extended magazine, opened fire at Borderline Bar and Grill at 11.20pm on Wednesday night
Witnesses said he also let off smoke grenades inside to confuse the terrified crowds as they ran for their lives
In April, police and mental health specialists were called to Long’s home after neighbors heard crashes coming from inside, they concluded he was not qualified to be committed involuntarily and left him at home with his mother
Neighbors who believe the shooter suffered PTSD, say his mother lived ‘in fear’ he was going to harm himself
Long served in the Marines for five years between 2008 and 2013 during which time he earned 10 medals with tours of Afghanistan
After his discharge from the Marines he spent three years at California State Univ, Northridge, but dropped out in 2016
Former Marine Ian Long, 28, [L-R]is the gunman who opened fire on Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday.
The gunman who massacred 12 people at a country music bar in southern California on Wednesday night has been identified as an highly decorated ex-Marine.
Ian Long, 28, opened fire on the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11.20pm. Long had been cleared by mental health experts after an incident in his home in April, sheriffs revealed on Thursday morning.
He killed 11 people inside the bar and one of the first cops on the scene before taking his own life.
Long’s motive remains unclear but neighbors say he was known to suffer PTSD. He served in the Marines for five years between 2008 and 2013, during which time he was awarded 10 medals and toured Afghanistan.
Survivors from the shooting said he looked ‘like he knew what he was doing’ as he repeatedly fired his legally purchased Glock .45 handgun on Wednesday night.
As dozens ran for their lives, hid beneath pool tables and used bar stools to shatter the windows to escape, Long continued firing and also threw smoke grenades to confuse the crowds.
Police and EMTs treat a victim from the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night
When the first police officers arrived at the scene three minutes later, Long shot one of them multiple times before shooting himself.
By the time SWAT teams arrived, he was dead. His body was found in an office inside the bar. The sheriff’s sergeant who was shot later died in hospital. He was Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran.
In total, 13 are dead; 11 people who were killed inside the bar, the sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman. Long is a former Marine who lived in nearby Newbury Park.
In April this year, deputies were called to his home amid reports of a disturbance. He was acting ‘irrationally’ and was ‘irate’ so police called in their mental health specialist.
During his time in the Marines, he was awarded numerous awards including two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. After leaving the Marines, he took a job with California State University Northridge where he attended classes as a student until 2016.
A former college roommate described him as ‘a “weird” loner who practiced dance moves alone in his garage’ , according to Blake Winnett who shared an apartment with Long in 2014 while he was a student at Northridge.
Shooter Ian David Long during his student days. Circa 2016 while studying at California State University Northridge, where he was majoring in athletic training. He dropped out after three years in 2016
‘He didn’t want to help anyone do anything. He was just lazy I guess,’ he claimed, adding that he once responded: ‘That’s not my f****** job’ when Winnett asked him to take out the trash.
‘He wasn’t violent but he was mean. He would go to the gym and then he would, I guess, try to learn dance moves or something.
‘He would close the garage and be playing music and dancing in there, like sweating. I would open the garage and would be like, “What are you doing?”‘ he said.
Long dropped out of the university in 2016 after three years. He had been studying athletic training. Sometime after dropping out of college, he returned to his mother’s home in Newbury Park.
One neighbor recalled the shooter’s fits of rage, noting that his mother ‘lived in fear’ that something would happen to him.
Mass shooter Ian Long lived with his mother seen [left], with him in this 2014 photo. Neighbors say she ‘feared something would happen to him,’ after he displayed bouts of rage.
Police wait outside Ian David Long’s home in Newbury Park, near Thousand Oaks, on Thursday morning
Richard Berge, 77, said Long had smashed furniture and kicked in walls inside the family’s house and that his mother, Colleen, was afraid the problem would escalate.
‘She lived in fear in case something happened,’ Berge said.
‘He wouldn’t get help. She was beside herself and didn’t know what to do.’
He and other neighbors described an incident in April this year, when a neighbor called the police after hearing loud crashes coming from Long’s house.
Berge said multiple police cars rushed to the home and found Long had kicked holes in the walls and broken furniture.
The house was surrounded by police and FBI officers, and cordoned off with red crime scene tape by Thursday morning, as investigators were waiting Thursday morning for a judge to sign a warrant to search the home.
Long reportedly, was dressed in all-black, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask covering the bottom part of his face. He walked up to the entrance at 11.20pm and shot the bouncer before making his way into the venue.
EMTs treat one of the victims at Borderline Bar and Grill. The shooter an ex-Marine Corps member, committed suicide after killing 12 innocent people, injuring another 12 at least, on Wednesday.
Survivors described how he carried the attack out with careful precision and said he had ‘perfect form’ when shooting.
The bar is popular with college kids because it allows under 21s in on Wednesday nights. Those who were not old enough to drink had black X’s stamped on their hands.
Long allegedly, had modified his legally purchased handgun so that it could hold more rounds. ‘In addition to the 12 people he killed, 12 more victims were injured.
Pepperdine University confirmed on Thursday morning that some of its students were among those in the bar. It is unclear if they were among those killed.
‘The University has determined that multiple Pepperdine students were on site at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. At this time, the University is working to identify and provide support to those students.
A spokesman for California Lutheran University also confirmed their loss stating ‘The Cal Lutheran community is grieving over what happened last night. We know some of our students were there.
Victim: Ventura County Sheriff ‘s Sgt. Ron Helus [photo], was shot multiple times by the gunman after responding to the first 911 calls and later died in hospital
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said the scene was the worst he had seen in 41 years.
‘It’s a horrific scene in there, there is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn’t want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation.
‘This, by far, is the most horrific thing I’ve seen in my 41 years,’ he said. Dean was due to retire on Thursday, the day after the shooting.
He and Helus were friends and worked out together.
Paying tribute to him, he said: ‘Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff’s sergeant.
‘He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went into save lives, to save other people.’
Classes at California Lutheran, which is also nearby, were cancelled.
People were hiding from the shooter in bathrooms and attic spaces, while others who managed to escape fled to nearby gas stations for medical help.
The bar in Thousand Oaks attracts college students from a number of colleges including California Lutheran University, UCLA and Pepperdine.
Witnesses said the gunman said ‘nothing’ as he opened fire and was composed throughout the massacre.
‘I was just dancing normally and I heard what I thought was a balloon pop. I was confused then I heard it a couple more times then I turned around and I saw him.
‘I ran to the nearest exit and tripped and fell on the way I knocked on as many doors as I could until someone would answer me and finally someone did.
The bar is popular among country music and dancing fans. On Wednesday night, under 21s are allowed into enjoy the music and they are required to wear black X’s on their hands
‘College students go there, high school seniors go there, elderly people go there. Everyone who loves country goes there,’ she said.
The bar [photo], is popular among country music and dancing fans.
On Wednesday night, patrons under 21s are allowed into enjoy the music and they are required to wear black X’s on their hands
Dazed young survivor listens raptly to law enforcement after witnessing a gunman fire at least 30 rounds at a crowd of country music fans at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11.20pm on Wednesday night
MISSING, feared DEADJason Coffman [right], holds up a photograph of his son Cody, [left] whose phone is still pinging inside the bar. He has not heard from him since the shooting
Cody Coffman: Cody Coffman’s father Jason fears his 21-year-old son is among the 12 dead victims.
The distraught father rushed to the bar after hearing news of the shooting and calls to his son’s cellphone went unanswered. Jason used a tracking app on his son’s phone and it indicated the device was still inside the venue.
‘It’s there, it’s not moving, that’s the problem… His phone is at the club,’ he told CNN from outside the bar.
The father of three said he still hadn’t heard from his son by 3am, adding: ‘I’m in the dark right now and it’s tearing me up.’
Jason said he was alerted to the shooting when several of Cody’s friends started banged on their front door after 1am.
Alaina Housley [left], the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, was also still unaccounted for some seven hours after the shooting.
Her suitemate at Pepperdine University posted photos on Twitter saying that the freshman was missing.
Alaina’s Apple Watch and iPhone appeared to still show her location as inside the bar. She was at the bar with several friends who have all been accounted for.
Jake Dunham: The 21-year-old has not made contact with his parents in the hours after the shooting. He had gone to the bar to play pool with his friends, his father Ken Dunham told NBC Los Angeles.
‘I keep calling it but there’s no answer,’ Ken said. ‘It just keeps ringing out… he always answers his phone.’
Among the survivors is a member of the Navy who led others out of the windows after smashing the windows with bar stools.
‘We heard a lot of screaming and we dropped to the ground. My friend is a DJ, she cut the music. ‘My first instinct was to smash the window. We jumped out,’ he told KTLA.
Several minutes after the gunman opened fire, a SWAT team arrived and found the 11 victims dead inside.
Several people are still unaccounted for including 22-year-old Cody Coffman whose father Jason is missing like Jake Dunham [photo, right], flocked to the bar after he heard the news to find him.
‘I want my son. I want to know. I’m not.. if the Lord took him away, we know that he’s in a better place but if he’s not, please let us know. Let me know.
‘I am clueless on what’s going on,’ Cody’s father Jason wept outside the bar.
Other parents have done the same and have used looked to their kids’ iPhones locations to try to find them. Their devices are still inside the bar and they have not been heard from since the shooting happened./
There were 100 people inside the bar when the gunman opened fire, police said, and the number of casualties is ‘very likely’ to go up.
Witnesses reported a horrifying scene as gunfire echoed through the club and those inside ran for cover, in some cases breaking windows with chairs and other pieces of furniture to get out of the building.
Local hospitals have been inundated with victims who’ve transported themselves to emergency rooms with injuries seeking medical help.
One witness, who was at the bar with his step-son, described the sequence of events. He said: ‘He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man.
‘Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl. Then he started moving to the right. He wasn’t looking at us. Then he went into the office, where all the cash and stuff is.
‘He didn’t say anything at all. He just started shooting.’