US shooter iden­ti­fied as 28-year-old vet­eran

Gun­man may have suf­fered from PTSD

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THOU­SAND OAKS (AFP) —A 28-year-old U.S. Marine Corps com­bat vet­eran opened fire in a crowded coun­try mu­sic bar in Cal­i­for­nia, killing

12 peo­ple in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer who rushed in and ex­changed shots with the gun­man , au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day.

Ter­ri­fied pa­trons — many of whom were col­lege stu­dents — scram­bled for the ex­its af­ter the gun­man started shoot­ing peo­ple with a hand­gun in the Border­line Bar and Grill at around 11:20 p.m. on Wed­nes­day.

“They ran out of the back doors, they broke win­dows, they went through win­dows. They hid up in the at­tic, they hid in the bath­room,” Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said.

The as­sailant, iden­ti­fied as Ian David Long, a trou­bled for­mer ma­chine gun­ner who served a tour in Afghanistan, died of a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound.

Dean told re­porters that Long shot an un­armed se­cu­rity guard who was stand­ing out­side the bar be­fore en­ter­ing and open­ing fire at ran­dom in­side.

Twenty-three peo­ple were in­jured — some from “jump­ing out of win­dows, div­ing un­der ta­bles,” Dean said — and treated at area hos­pi­tals.

A year ago, 58 peo­ple were shot dead at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas, the worst mass shoot­ing in mod­ern U.S. his­tory, and sev­eral of the pa­trons in the Cal­i­for­nia bar had also been at the Ne­vada con­cert.

“I can’t be­lieve I’m say­ing this again,” Molly Mau­rer posted on Face­book.

“I’m alive and I’m home safe.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pen­tagon, Long served in the Marine Corps from Au­gust 2008 to March 2013.

He at­tained the rank of cor­po­ral and saw com­bat while de­ployed in Afghanistan from No­vem­ber 2010 to June 2011.

“He had per­fect form,” bar pa­tron Tey­lor Whit­tler told Fox News. “He looked like he knew what he was do­ing.”

Po­lice on Thurs­day were search­ing Long’s house in New­bury Park, near Thou­sand Oaks, where he re­port­edly lived with his mother.

Long was found dead by po­lice in an of­fice at the bar and is be­lieved to have shot him­self, Dean said.

Au­thor­i­ties so far had no in­di­ca­tion of a mo­tive, or of any con­nec­tion to ter­ror­ism.

Democrats vow ac­tion on gun con­trol

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Newly as­cen­dant Democrats are promis­ing con­gres­sional ac­tion on gun con­trol amid a rash of mass shoot­ings, in­clud­ing a late-night as­sault at a Cal­i­for­nia bar that killed 12 peo­ple.

Mea­sures in­clud­ing ex­panded back­ground checks and a ban on as­sault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats re­take con­trol af­ter eight years of Repub­li­can rule.

“The Amer­i­can peo­ple de­serve real ac­tion to end the daily epi­demic of gun vi­o­lence that is steal­ing the lives of our chil­dren on cam­puses, in places of wor­ship and on our streets,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia, the Demo­cratic leader who is run­ning for a sec­ond stint as House speaker.

Pelosi vowed to push for a range of ac­tions to stem gun vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing re­stric­tions on high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines and a mea­sure al­low­ing tem­po­rary re­moval of guns from peo­ple deemed an im­mi­nent risk to them­selves or oth­ers.

David Long

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