The gunman who shot and killed 12 people in a California bar, popular for live country music and packed with college students, has been identified as an Afghanistan war veteran serving in the Marine Corps, Ian David Long.
The 28-year old suspect entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday night before opening fire with a Glock 21 .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun – a popular model model in California – and reportedly throwing smoke bombs.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean has identified Southern California bar gunman as 28-year-old Ian David Long. There is no known motive for the shooting, the sheriff said, adding that the suspect shot at random inside the bar.
Dean explained that police officers immediately engaged Long on the scene and he likely killed himself. According to a neighbor, who knew the gunman, Long suffered from Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). gt. Ron Helus with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department was among the 12 killed and will be honored at 10 a.m. with a procession, Dean proceeded to say.
When the gunfire started on Wednesday night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a distant suburb of Los Angeles, people who were dancing dropped to the floor and hid behind chairs and counters in stunned silence, according to media reports.