California Shooting: Twelve killed including cop and 10 injured as ‘tattooed marine with PTSD’ Ian David Long storms into Thousand Oaks bar

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AN AFGHAN war veteran suffering from PTSD armed with a handgun and smoke grenades opened fire at a bar in California today killing 12 people and injuring at least ten more.

Ian David Long, 28, was wearing a black trenchcoat and a ski mask when he stormed the venue packed with students to unleash a two and half minute killing spree.

Ex-serviceman Ian Long has been confirmed as the shooter
Ex-serviceman Ian Long has been confirmed as the shooter
 

Cops were first alerted to violence at 11.20pm local time last night when the suspect shot a security guard and a young female cashier after throwing smoke grenades around the room.

Screaming in fear, youngsters attending a student night at the club, rushed for the exits, dived under tables, shouted “Get down!” and used bar-stools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire erupted.

The first sheriff’s deputy who first attended the scene is among the 12 victims who have been confirmed as dead.

Officials said the former marine died from a single gunshot wound after exchanging fire with police at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks – 40 minutes drive from Los Angeles.

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Police attend the scene of a deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California[/caption]

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A wounded man is treated by medics at the scene of the mass shooting in California[/caption]

Long lived in Newbury Park, about 5 miles from the bar.

Authorities hope a search of his home will provide clues about the motive.

His neighbours told ABC7 that Long was a veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

One said: “I have no idea what he was doing with a gun”.

He was carrying a Glock 21, 45. calibre handgun with extended magazine which he had purchased legally, police said.

About 30 shots were said to have been fired during the rampage that last no longer than two and a half minutes.

Long was on active duty with the US Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, according to Department of Defence records

Long was on active duty with the US Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, according to Department of Defence records

Ian Long's motive is unclear, police say

Ian Long’s motive is unclear, police say

Long can be seen here with a tattoo on his arm, although witnesses report seeing the killer as being covered in inks

Long can be seen here with a tattoo on his arm, although witnesses report seeing the killer as being covered in inks

Authorities confirmed that they attended Long’s home in April after a “disturbance” but was “cleared” after talking to officers.

Witnesses told local TV networks including ABC7 that the maniac killer had black hair and was wearing a black trenchcoat.

Located about 40 minutes drive outside of Los Angeles, Borderline is a country and western-themed bar and grill, open until 2am, with a 2,500 square feet dancefloor which hosts a student night on Wednesdays.

Witness Bryce Viole, 19, told The Sun Online how the 6ft tall gunman was dressed in black and had a ski mask on the lower half of his face.

Ian Long stands by a damaged vehicle during a tour during the Afghanistan war

Ian Long stands by a damaged vehicle during a tour during the Afghanistan war


WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

  • Dead suspect has been confirmed as ex-marine Ian Long aged 28
  • He lived nearby and neighbours said the Afghan vet had Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
  • Cops attended Long’s home in April after a “disturbance” but he was “cleared” after reassuring officers
  • The former serviceman killed 12 people and injured at least ten more after opening fire at a late-night bar in Thousand Oaks, California
  • Police were called to the Borderline Bar and Grill at 11.20pm local time last night, officials have confirmed
  • Police do not know what Long’s motive was
  • Armed with a handgun and smoke grenades, the shooter has been “engaged and neutralised” by cops, the local mayor said
  • Witnesses say he gunned down a security guard and a young girl working as a cashier at the venue
  • He was dressed in a black trenchcoat and wore a ski mask and sunglasses, survivors said
  • Police officer Ron Helus was killed in the shooting, officials said
  • Revellers used chairs to break windows in the bar in a bid to escape while others reportedly hid in bathrooms

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A person lies motionless on the ground following the terrifying incident in Thousand Oaks[/caption]

Bryce Viole, 19, spoke to The Sun Online about his escape from Borderline

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A young man with blood on his t-shirt talks to reporters following the massacre[/caption]

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A police officers carries a large firearm at the scene of the shooting[/caption]

The student told how he suffered several injuries after jumping head first out of a glass window to escape the carnage.

He said: “I looked over and saw the shooter and the gun and I just dropped to the floor and started crawling towards the window.

“He just kept firing towards the pool table area.

“I ran and dove out the window head first, I just smashed through the glass and jumped out. It was about a six foot drop but once I saw that gun I wasn’t messing around.”

Another survivor Teylor Whittler, whose father was in the military, told ABC that the mask-wearing shooter appeared to have some level of gun training.

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Terrified survivors at the scene of the mass killing in Thousand Oaks[/caption]

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Police were first alerted to the violence at 11.20pm local time last night[/caption]

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A girl with a bloodied knee sits with friends as police seal off the area[/caption]

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A woman who fled the Borderline bar hugs a loved one following the attack[/caption]

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Police confirmed that 12 innocent people were killed in the shooting[/caption]

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Revellers in the bar were mostly young college students[/caption]

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At least ten more are said to be wounded following the vicious attack[/caption]

She said: “He changed clips really fast.  He knew what he was doing. He had perfect form.

“He wore a ski mask on the bottom half of his face.”

Witness John Hedge told ABC7 he saw the attacker throwing smoke grenades into the front of the venue after shooting a security guard.

John, who was stood at the front door, said: “I just started hearing these big pops. Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground.

“I look up – the security guard is dead. Well, I don’t want to say he was dead, but he was shot. He was down.

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Devastated people embrace after the shooting which left 12 innocent people dead[/caption]

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Borderlines student night on a Wednesday was popular with young people[/caption]

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Loved ones of the young people involved wait anxiously for updates from police[/caption]

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FBI investigators at the scene of the shooting[/caption]

“The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place.”

The distraught witness said the gunman was bearded and was wearing a black jacket, a hat and a pair of sunglasses.

John’s stepdad Tom described seeing the shooter firing bullets at the security guard and a young female staff member.

He said: “He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man.

“Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl. Then he started moving to the right. He wasn’t looking at us.

“Then he went into the office, where all the cash and stuff is. He didn’t say anything at all. He just started shooting.”

Police cordoned off a huge area around the Borderline Bar and Grill, lighting flares in the road to turn away traffic.

Armed officers from the Ventura County police and sheriff’s department, SWAT team and FBI patrolled the scene, while helicopters circled above.

Witness tells of desperate escape from killer

Bryce Viole, 19, told Sun Online how he jumped head first out of a glass window to escape the shooter.

Speaking outside the hospital where he had received treatment , the brave teenager described the gunman as about 6ft tall wearing all black and a baseball cap.

He said: “I looked over and saw the shooter and the gun and I just dropped to the floor and started crawling towards the window.

“He just kept firing towards the pool table area.

“I ran and dove out the window head first, I just smashed through the glass and jumped out.

“It was about a six foot drop but once I saw that gun I wasn’t messing around.

“The shooter was only four or five feet away from me.

“He was in all black with a baseball cap and I thought I saw he had a ski mask on.

“He had some smoke bombs and he threw those around the bar area but I got out pretty quick.

“I cut my ankle open and cut my whole kneecap open. My wrist is all messed up the meat part of my hand was just all hanging off.”

Tearful students huddled in blankets, behind the cordon hugging and waiting anxiously for news of their friends.

In a tweet about the mass killing, US President Donald Trump said: “I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California.

“Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. Thirteen people, at this time, have been reported dead.

“Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar.”

A man told ABC that his friends who were in Borderline during the attack were survivors of last year’s Las Vegas shooting at country music festival Route 91.

He said: “A lot of my friends survived Route 91. If they survived that, they will survive this.”

Police officer Ron Helus was killed in the mass shooting, officials have confirmed

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Young people wait near the scene of the shooting awaiting updates from police officials[/caption]

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A SWAT team officer near the scene of the mass shooting[/caption]

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The gunman has been killed in a shootout with armed police[/caption]

A police official confirmed there are at least six people who have been shot by the gunman but could not confirm whether they had died or not

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The shooter was dressed in black and was wearing sunglasses[/caption]

The gunman is armed with a machine gun and has exchanged fire with cops

Emergency workers treat an injured victim near the Borderline Bar and Grill

One teenage reveller cut his hand while breaking a window in the bar using a chair in a desperate bid to escape the shooter, reports VC Star.

The parents of Jake Dunham, 21, said he was inside the bar on the night of the shooting and are appealing for information about his whereabouts, reports FoxLA.

His family say they are unable to contact him following the massacre.

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Thousands Oaks mayor Andy Fox confirmed to KTLA that the killer had been “engaged and neutralised” by police officers.

He asked people to pray for the victims and said it’s “going be a long night for the local families.”

At nearby Los Robles hospital, where many of the injured were taken, youngsters with treated gunshot wounds and other wounds waited outside to be picked up by loved ones.

One woman at the medical facility broke down in tears after hearing her daughter was among the dead.

Thousand Oaks is one of the least dangerous towns in America, according to FBI statistics.

It was ranked as the fourth safest among cities with a population greater than 100,000 in the US by the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Reports.


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