Gun­man went on so­cial me­dia dur­ing at­tack

Khaleej Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

thou­sand oaks (cal­i­for­nia) — 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.

Also, one of the pos­si­bil­i­ties in­ves­ti­ga­tors are 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’s night ram­page at the Border­line Bar & Grill.

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

As in­ves­ti­ga­tors worked to fig­ure

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

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not com­mented on whether men­tal ill­ness played a role in the ram­page.

But neigh­bours 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 wor­ried that the 28-year-old Afghanistan war vet­eran might have post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, though a men­tal health spe­cial­ist con­cluded there were no grounds to have him in­vol­un­tar­ily com­mit­ted.

Julie Han­son, who lives next door to the ranch-style home that Long shared with his mother, de­scribed him as “odd” and “dis­re­spect­ful” well be­fore he left home a decade ago, got mar­ried and en­listed in the Marines.

She could of­ten hear him yelling and curs­ing, but sev­eral months ago un­usu­ally loud bang­ing and shout­ing prompted her hus­band to call au­thor­i­ties.

About 18 months ago, Don and Effie Ma­cLeod heard “an aw­ful ar­gu­ment” and what he be­lieves was a gun­shot from the Longs’ prop­erty. Don Ma­cLeod said he did not call po­lice but avoided speak­ing with Ian Long. “I told my wife, ‘Just be po­lite to him. If he talks, just ac­knowl­edge him, don’t go into con­ver­sa­tion with him,’” Don Ma­cLeod said.

— AP

Peo­ple con­sole each other dur­ing a vigil at the Las Ve­gas Heal­ing Gar­den to hon­our those killed in shoot­ing in Thou­sand Oaks.

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