Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

America's averaging nearly a mass shooting a day in 2018

America's averaging nearly a mass shooting a day in 2018

Carl Edgar, a 24 resident of Tarzana, Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times around 20 of his friends were at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 12 people.

"I saw someone throw a bar stool through the window and I followed suit and I threw a bar stool through the window and we just pushed people towards the bar, so that they weren't in the direct line of sight of him and then just filed as many people, everyone that was there, out through that back window", he explained. "He gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean added.

Thomas Burke, a pastor who served with Long in the same US Marine Corps regiment, said Long's battalion arrived during intense fighting in Helmand province.

Witness John Hodge told ABC7 he saw the suspect throwing smoke grenades into the front of the restaurant after shooting a security guard.

Twenty-three people were injured - some from "jumping out of windows, diving under tables", Dean said - and treated at area hospitals.

The horrific attack carried out in a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar on Wednesday night was the 307th mass shooting in America this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which classifies a "mass shooting" as a singular event in which at least four people are shot, not including the shooter.

"I can't believe I'm saying this again". "I'm alive and I'm home safe". Records indicate he was on duty from August 2008 to March 2013, CNN reported.

He went to Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011.

Housley is the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, a former Fox News reporter.

Kuredjian said the shooter no longer posed a threat to surrounding communities, but could not confirm if he was shot dead or captured.

Authorities so far had no indication of a motive, or of any connection to terrorism.

"There's no doubt that they saved lives by going in there and engaging with the suspect", said Mr Dean, who was set to retire today.

Kayla Simmons said she was inside the bar when shots were fired directly behind her. Bullets continued as she managed to escape outside into the parking lot. "He had some kind of issues".

Dean told reporters that in April officers had gone to Long's home in nearby Newbury Park, about 4 miles (6 km) from the bar to answer a disturbance call and found him agitated. He and his then-wife said they had no children and owned no property. A crisis intervention specialist was called to his house and talked to him, but left without taking him into custody, Dean said.

Long was armed with a Glock 21, a.45-caliber pistol created to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber, according to the sheriff.

Dean estimated 10 to 15 people went to the area hospitals for what he expects are minor injuries.

In Jacksonville, the owner of Rain Dogs bar in Riverside's Five Points district said it's a sign of how hard it is to anticipate a shooter walking in and opening fire.

On Thursday, 12 people including a cop were shot dead in a shooting at a night club close to Los Angeles.

An unknown number of people were wounded after the shooting at the bar, a popular venue with college students and local young adults for parties and dancing.

"I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in", Dean said.

She was at the bar with several friends who have all been accounted for. "And he didn't come last night", she told the Times.

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