KILLER ‘WEIRD LONER’

Ex-Marine mur­ders 12, shoots self in Cal­i­for­nia coun­try bar

The Province - - NEWS - BRAD HUNTER

The lat­est Amer­i­can mass killer who de­liv­ered death in a Cal­i­for­nia honky tonk was “weird” and “mean”, a for­mer friend said.

Dec­o­rated U.S. Marine Ian David Long, 28 — who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan — mur­dered 12 peo­ple dur­ing col­lege night at the Border­line Bar & Grill in Thou­sand Oaks Wed­nes­day.

As cops closed in, he turned his .45-cal­i­bre Glock 21 on him­self and was dead when cops stormed in.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the car­nage was caused by a PTSD-fu­elled melt­down not­ing he had an episode of er­ratic be­hav­iour last spring. A for­mer pal told the New

York Post that the gun­man was a “weird loner” ob­sessed with prac­tis­ing dance moves in his garage.

Blake Win­nett told The Post he used to live with Long.

“I think I’ve ac­tu­ally gone there with him one time,” Win­nett said of the coun­try mu­sic bar that was the scene of the slaugh­ter.

“He was kind of weird. He al­ways locked him­self in his room, he was al­ways by him­self,” Win­nett said.

Say­ing he didn’t know the killer well, Win­nett said Long was a for­mer uni­ver­sity stu­dent and had been in the marines for five years.

Win­nett came to dis­like his room­mate.

“He didn’t want to help any­one or do any­thing. He was just lazy I guess,” Win­nett said, adding he wouldn’t even take out the trash.

Win­nett added: “He wasn’t vi­o­lent but he was mean.”

His weird quirks turned vi­o­lent in the sub­urbs of Los An­ge­les.

Scream­ing in fear, pa­trons rushed for the ex­its, ducked un­der ta­bles and hurled barstools to smash sec­ond-floor win­dows and jump to safety as gun­fire erupted at the bar, a hang­out pop­u­lar with stu­dents from nearby Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran Uni­ver­sity.

“I dropped to the floor,” Sarah Rose DeSon told ABC’s

Good Morn­ing Amer­ica .“A friend yelled, ‘Ev­ery­body down!’ We were hid­ing be­hind ta­bles try­ing to keep our­selves cov­ered.”

The dead in­cluded 11 peo­ple in­side the bar and a vet­eran sher­iff’s sergeant who was the first of­fi­cer in­side the door, Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said.

It was the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in the U.S. since 17 stu­dents and teach­ers were killed at a Park­land, Florida, high school nine months ago.

The mas­sacre comes on the heels of a gun­man mur­der­ing 11 peo­ple at a Pitts­burgh sy­n­a­gogue.

Long had lived with his mother who sources said was “ter­ri­fied” he was go­ing to do harm one day.

“She lived in fear in case some­thing hap­pened,” neigh­bour Richard Berge told the

Daily Mail. “He wouldn’t get help. She was be­side her­self and didn’t know what to do.”

Long’s Glock had been de­signed to hold 10 rounds plus one in the cham­ber, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff.

But it had an ex­tended mag­a­zine — one ca­pa­ble of hold­ing more am­mu­ni­tion — that is il­le­gal in Cal­i­for­nia.

Au­thor­i­ties be­gan a search of Long’s home in New­bury Park, about 8 km from the Border­line bar, for clues to what set him off.

“There’s no in­di­ca­tion that he tar­geted the em­ploy­ees. We haven’t found any cor­re­la­tion,” the sher­iff said. “Maybe there was a mo­tive for this par­tic­u­lar night, but we have no in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to that at all.”

Long first shot a se­cu­rity guard stand­ing out­side, then went in and opened fire on staff mem­bers and pa­trons, the sher­iff said.

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.

Helus was im­me­di­ately hit with mul­ti­ple gun­shots and died later in hospi­tal.

— THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s deputies stand out­side the house of killer Ian David Long in New­bury Park, Calif., yes­ter­day.

SOURCE: Gun Vi­o­lence Ar­chive

NOTE: 2018 data as of Nov. 7

IAN DAVID LONG “Locked him­self in his room”

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