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Sheriff: Former Marine Kills 12 at California Bar

from Associated Press reports
Updated: November 08, 2018 02:11 PM

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - A sheriff says 13 people are dead, including a sheriff's sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday.

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Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean identified the suspect as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine. Dean says Long is believed to have killed himself after shooting the others at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn't say anything as he fired inside the bar. Hundreds of people fled, some breaking windows and jumping out of second-floor windows to escape.

Dean identified sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus as one of the victims. Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. He died at a hospital early Thursday.

Dean says his department had several previous contacts with Long, including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

The sheriff says a mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

Dean says the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of a battery at a bar.

The Marine Corps says Long was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months in 2010 and 2011.

He was in the Marines from August 2008 until March 2013, serving as a machine gunner and earning the rank of corporal in August 2011.

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

The Borderline Bar & Grill is about a 10-minute drive from California Lutheran University, where students started receiving messages about the shooting right after it started.

Cal Lutheran student body president Nick Steinwender told KTLA-TV he and his roommate went to the scene to offer rides back to campus and moral support and there were already other students from the university there.

Steinwender says "it just feels like it's an attack on our community."

Nineteen-year-old Tayler Whitler says she was dancing and her friends were at a table by the door as the gunman opened fire. She says everyone yelled "Get down!" and it was silent for a couple seconds, then she heard "Get up, he's coming!" and people were trampling on each other to get out.

Nineteen-year-old Erika Sigman found herself hiding with a group of strangers, and they were holding her hands. She says "there is a lot of bad in this world, but there is also a lot of good and people will help."

The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred.

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