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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Ex-Marine, 28, Is Identified As Gunman Who Massacred Twelve People During Student Night At Country Bar Suspect Later Killed Himself


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The gunman who massacred 12 people at a country music bar in southern California on Wednesday night has been identified as a 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. 

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A shirtless man and two others carry an injured person out of the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire at 11.20pm 
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. 
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. They cleared him, deciding against having him committed, and left him at the home.  

It is unclear if he already owned the weapon he used to commit Wednesday's attack or if he bought it after the April incident. Long has no criminal history except from a minor traffic infraction. 
Long served in the Marine Corps for five years between 2008 and 2013 and he toured Afghanistan . 
The circumstances of his departure are not known, but he climbed to the rank of Corporal before he left the armed forces. 
Long served in the Marine Corps from 2008 until 2013. He is pictured during a tour of Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011 
Long served in the Marine Corps from 2008 until 2013. He is pictured during a tour of Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011 
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. 
A spokesman for the Marines declined to give information surrounding his discharge in 2013, telling DailyMail.com that they were bound by privacy laws and unable to reveal what prompted him to leave. 
After leaving the Marines, he took a job with California State University Northridge where he attended classes as a student until 2016.
Blake Winnett, who claims to have shared an apartment with him in 2014 while he was a student there, told The New York Post that he was a 'loner' who danced alone in their garage. 
'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 told DailyMail.com that his mother 'lived in fear' that something would happen to him. 

Richard Berge lived around the corner from alleged shooter Ian David Long and had taken care of the family's dogs. 
Via - Dailymail

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