At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

Long opened fire, seemingly at random, inside the Western-themed bar at about 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT Thursday), using a.45 caliber Glock handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

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. "This doesn't happen anywhere else on planet Earth".

"There's people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there's people that have seen it twice", he said.

It was the second mass shooting in less than two weeks, after a gunman killed 11 Jewish worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue on October 27.

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood over his head and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations at the scene.

Some mistook the gunfire for firecrackers when he began shooting, the New York Times reported.

On Thursday, authorities provided an update on the shooting.

A GUNMAN armed with an "Uzi" machine gun and smoke grenades opened fire at a bar in California killing 12 people including a cop and injuring at least ten more today. Nine months ago, another mass shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Seargent Ron Helus of Ventura County Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement official to arrive at the Borderline Wednesday night.

Earlier this year, police were called to his home after neighbors reported what officers described as a disturbance.

Asked what the scene inside the bar was like, Dean said, "Like ... hell".

Many people had minor injuries, including some that came from the attempt to flee, Dean said. SKY2 was over the scene where a "College Country" night was being held, according to the bar's website. Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside.

Jasmin Alexander, who was with around 15 friends at the bar, said there was chaos and confusion inside when shots rang out. Coffman told reporters later Thursday that his son just wanted to be a good big brother to his siblings.

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former U.S. marine with mental health issues, with investigators trying to find the motive for the attack at a venue hosting a country music evening for students.

Court records show Long was married as a 19-year-old in Honolulu in June 2009, and he and his wife separated in June 2011 while he was deployed to Afghanistan.

The sheriff said Long was believed to have killed himself late on Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks.

Police have not identified a motive.

They found Long "somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally", Dean said.

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and son and planned to retire in the coming year, said the sheriff, who choked back tears several times as he talked about the sergeant who was also his longtime friend.

"I mind my own business and they did theirs too", he said in a brief telephone interview. He died at a hospital after being shot numerous times. That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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