Police Say 13 Dead Including Gunman in Thousand Oaks Shooting

Lester Mason
November 13, 2018

"When (he) started to reload, that's when we got people out of there and I didn't look back", Wennerstrom said.

"Every Marine is trained in urban warfare and indoor gun fighting", said Marc Bender, an instructor for emergency responders in Riverside County, California. "You can't go to a bar or nightclub?" It's insane is the only way to describe it.

Deputies are at Long's home, seeking to serve a search warrant, Dean said.

"The normalization, that's the only I can describe it".

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman arrived at the Borderline around 11:20 p.m.in response to several 911 calls, heard gunfire and went inside, the sheriff said.

"We probably pushed 30 or 35 people through that window", he said.

"Obviously, he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this", Dean said.

Following the news of the mass shooting, US President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at public buildings and grounds.

A third friend who does not want to be publicly identified said Long stopped communicating two years ago but said the shooting was unlike him. "Maybe there was a motive for this particular night, but we have no information leading to that at all".

Long was a decorated Marine Corp machine gunner deployed in Afghanistan who had several prior brushes with law enforcement, officials said.

A former roommate said that Long was quiet and prone to unusual behavior - like dancing alone in his garage to "trance" music, a kind of electronic dance music.

But neighbors reported hearing frequent loud fights between Ian David Long and his mother, one of them so extreme they called police in April, and authorities at the time anxious that the war veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder, though a mental health specialist concluded there were no grounds to have him involuntarily committed. Court records show he married in 2009 and was divorced in 2013. Her mother called her in tears the morning of the shooting, she said.


In April this year police were called to his home five miles from the bar, where he lived with his mother, because he was behaving angrily and erratically.

Dean said Long was armed with a single handgun, a.45 caliber Glock 21, which he purchased legally.

A former pal told the New York Post that the gunman was a "weird loner" obsessed with practising dance moves in his garage.

In addition to the dead, Dean estimated that there were upwards of 10 to 12 shooting victims who were "rescued from the scene and taken to local hospitals".

When shots rang out, Cole said he corralled as many people as possible behind a pool table, and helped them escape through the smoking patio - where people were unaware of the gunshots that had erupted - and into the parking lot.

Numerous patrons were drawn by the "college country night" promotion.

"He said Helus was on the phone with his wife when he got the report of the shooting and he told her, "'Hey, I have to go.

"He had a great sense of humor and like most Marines who have seen combat it could get dark at times, just like all of us", Kellogg said. I fish all the time and that poor boy would come with whether he liked it or not.

Cal Lutheran and another nearby school, California State University Channel Islands, also closed their campuses on Friday due to the fires.

Around midday, the body of the slain sheriff's officer was taken by motorcade from the hospital to the coroner's office. "All these people after Route 91".

A second law enforcement official, Ventura County Sheriff's Captain Garo Kuredjian, said that - based on time stamps - the gunman apparently stopped shooting inside the bar and posted to Instagram.

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