Shooter de­bated san­ity on­line dur­ing bar mas­sacre — of­fi­cial

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

THOU­SAND OAKS (AP) — The gun­man who killed 12 peo­ple at a coun­try mu­sic bar in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia went on so­cial me­dia dur­ing the at­tack and posted about his men­tal state and whether peo­ple would be­lieve he was sane, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said on Fri­day.

One of the pos­si­bil­i­ties that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are also look­ing into is whether gun­man Ian David Long be­lieved his for­mer girl­friend would be at the bar, the of­fi­cial said.

Au­thor­i­ties have not de­ter­mined a mo­tive for Wed­nes­day night’s ram­page at the Border­line Bar and Grill.

The of­fi­cial was briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss it pub­licly and spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity. The of­fi­cial would not give ad­di­tional de­tails on what the 28-year-old for­mer Ma­rine posted on his Face­book and In­sta­gram ac­counts.

A sec­ond law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said that when Long was in­side the bar, he ap­par­ently stopped shoot­ing and posted to In­sta­gram, based on the time stamps of the posts.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s Capt. Garo Kured­jian also said he did not know the con­tent of the posts.

Nei­ther Face­book nor In­sta­gram re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment on Fri­day. Long’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts have been taken down.

Long, a for­mer ma­chine gun­ner who served in Afghanistan, opened fire with a hand­gun dur­ing col­lege night at the bar, then ap­par­ently killed him­self as scores of po­lice of­fi­cers closed in.

As in­ves­ti­ga­tors worked to fig­ure out what set him off, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump blamed men­tal ill­ness, de­scrib­ing the gun­man as “a very sick puppy” who had “a lot of prob­lems.”

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