Monday, 19 November, 2018

Police name California shooting suspect as ex-Marine

Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2018, 11:00

Witnesses said that some of those at the bar had survived the massacre in Las Vegas just over a year ago when a man shot 58 people dead at a country music festival.

According to the Pentagon, Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013 and was a machine gunner. I saw him, then I saw him fire his weapon one more time. He loved fishing in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his son.

The Borderline, which has a large dance hall along with several smaller areas for eating and drinking, was holding one of its regular "College Country Nights".

In April, a neighbor called authorities to report loud noises coming from the house that Long shared with his mother in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood of well-manicured lawns and homes.

Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies responded to reports of an active shooter at Borderline Bar and Grill, located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. But Dean said the gun had an extended magazine that is illegal in California.

"I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in", Dean said. "Maybe the ego got the better of me but it took only one time for a 19-year-old D-2 athlete to talk down to me and tell me how to do my job that I realized this wasn't the career I wanted to head". Mental health specialists talked with Long and determined that no further action was necessary.

Dallas Knapp was in the Borderline Bar and Grill when suspect Ian David Long entered and opened fire, killing 12 people.

Dean said the shooter reportedly shot at employees and security before turning on the crowd. Information on the extent of the victims' injuries has not yet been released.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and local officers at the scene, following the shooting which left 13 people dead.

The incident in California came two weeks after a gunman killed 11 people and injured seven at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while Shabbat morning services were being held.

Thousands of mourners lined US Highway 101 on Thursday morning to watch as a hearse carrying Helus' body traveled from a hospital in Thousand Oaks to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office. "There is a lot of bad in this world, but there is also a lot of good and people will help", she said.

"I saw the shots go off, although I didn't really see the guy", she said.

The bar is also close to several other universities, including California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Pepperdine in Malibu and Moorpark College in Moorpark. First thing I said was, "please don't drink and drive".

He bolted toward an exit onto a smoking patio, filled with more people who hadn't heard the gunshots over the loud music "and I told them get over that fence and just run".

Jasmin Alexander, who was with around 15 friends at the bar, said there was chaos and confusion inside when shots rang out. "He looked like he knew what he was doing". He and his then-wife said they had no children and owned no property.

The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, Dean told reporters.

The body of the slain sheriff's officer was taken by motorcade from the hospital to the coroner's office yesterday.