Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dead, Including Sheriff Deputy & Gunman, in Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks

Dead, Including Sheriff Deputy & Gunman, in Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks

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Ex-Marine Ian Michael Long, 28, opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California killing 11 people before turning the gun on himself.

A law enforcement official said Ian David Long wrote on social media ad he shot people at Borderline Bar and Grill in LA. He used a legally purchased.45 caliber handgun to carry out the attack and had modified its magazine so it could hold more rounds.

"The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place", a different witness told KABC.

Wearing a black jacket and sunglasses, the suspect shot a security guard and young female cashier before showering the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles with bullets.

"And I don't want prayers, I don't want thoughts, I want gun control and I hope to God nobody else sends me more prayers".

A statement from the sheriff's office said there would be a procession in honour of Helus, who leaves behind a wife and son.

"I don't know what to say to the other people that are going to be going through the situation I am", he said. Thousands of people stood along the route or pulled over in their vehicles to watch the hearse pass.

Police officers are working to secure the scene of crime amid reports of "multiple injuries", the Ventura County Fire Department had said earlier. "There is blood everywhere", Sheriff Dean told reporters. He and other first responders "ran toward danger", Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a vigil Thursday evening, calling Helus a hero. Fifty to 60 families gathered at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center in search of missing loved ones.

Colell said she wanted to kick Long off the team, but the boy's coach urged her to reconsider because that could compromise his goal of joining the Marines.

Long was seen by a mental health specialist in April who anxious the Marine veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ventura County Sheriff's Capt Garo Kuredjian also said he didn't know the content of the posts. The deputies called in mental health specialists.

Teece, who also has PTSD, told Xinhua that the government should spend more money setting up mental hospitals for veterans to address their psychological problems. And with those moves, Kelly became part of a rare group that has survived two mass shootings.

An emergency information hotline has been set up to help locate people involved in the shooting at 805-465-6650. But he declined to engage on questions on whether the nation needed stricter gun control laws.

According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, the Thousand Oaks massacre is the 307th mass shooting in the United States this year alone.

America has been torn apart by this politically divisive issue. She was an honors student in high school and played soccer and tennis.

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that the gunman was "a very sick puppy".

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