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

Ex-Marine apparently acted alone in California bar shooting

Ex-Marine apparently acted alone in California bar shooting

Police identified 28-year-old Ian David Long as the suspected gunman in a shooting at a bar in southern California that left at least 12 people dead late on Wednesday.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said sheriff's sergeant dies after he was taken to a hospital.

Last year, a country music festival in Las Vegas was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern USA history.

According to the Pentagon, Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013 and was a machine gunner.

The sheriff said Long drove to the bar and shot an unarmed security guard who was standing outside before opening fire at random inside. He loved fishing in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his son.

Borderline Bar and Grill in California had become a safe haven for dozens of survivors of last year's massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival, a place where they gathered for line dancing and drinks.

- Sheriff Dean said that Long was the victim in a January 2015 fight at a different bar in Thousand Oaks.

Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer, who hasn't been publicly named, were on scene within minutes, and were the first responders to fearless their way into the bar, darkened by a smoke bomb set off by Long.

"I know that, being a religious person, that God is never going to give me anything more than I can handle", he said.

"They felt he might be suffering from PTSD, the fact he was a veteran and had been in the Corps", Dean said.

Long had been cleared by mental health experts after an incident in his home in April, sheriffs revealed on Thursday morning.


"I just kind of saw it in the corner of my eye and I heard a gunshot and I focused on him and I saw that he was holding a handgun and he continued to shoot at the girl at the front desk", Knapp, 19, told Reuters TV. Helus died at a hospital.

"I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military", neighbour Tom Hanson said Thursday, as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Long's house, where an American flag flew over the garage. He first shot and killed someone working security then entered the building and shot several more people just inside before continuing his killing spree.

Long was found dead in the Borderline Bar and Grill after 12 people were shot to death late on Wednesday.

Other neighbours said they did not recognise the suspect's name, adding that his mother would wave as she drove by as they watered their lawn.

The officer was on the phone to his wife when the emergency call came in, telling her: "Hey I gotta go handle a call".

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.

Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles FBI office, said it was too early to speculate on the shooter's motives but that he appeared to have acted alone. "I just wanted to get down as soon as I heard the first shot go off".

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Multiple people were seen being led out of the bar by deputies.

He said he had friends who were unaccounted for.

He said both they both managed to escape. Helus was a 29-year veteran and was looking to retire.

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