12 killed in bar shoot­ing

Killer iden­ti­fied as for­mer US Marine with men­tal is­sues

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - WORLD NEWS -

Twelve peo­ple in­clud­ing a sher­iff ’s sergeant were killed in a mass shoot­ing in­side a crowded south­ern Cal­i­for­nia bar by a gun­man who is then be­lieved to have taken his own life.

The killer was iden­ti­fied as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old for­mer US Marine with men­tal is­sues, with in­ves­ti­ga­tors try­ing to find the mo­tive for the at­tack at a venue host­ing a coun­try mu­sic evening for stu­dents.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said his depart­ment had sev­eral pre­vi­ous con­tacts with Long, in­clud­ing a call to his home in April, when deputies found him an­gry and act­ing ir­ra­tionally.

The sher­iff said a men­tal health cri­sis team was called at the time and con­cluded Long did not need to be taken into cus­tody.

Pa­trons at the bar screamed in fear, shouted “Get down!” and used bar stools to smash sec­ond­floor win­dows and jump to safety as gun­fire erupted at the Border­line Bar & Grill, a venue pop­u­lar with stu­dents from nearby Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran Uni­ver­sity.

The dead in­cluded 11 peo­ple in­side the bar and a sher­iff ’s sergeant who was the first of­fi­cer in­side the door, the sher­iff said.

“It’s a hor­rific scene in there,” Mr Dean said.

“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.”

Sher­iff ’s Sergeant Ron Helus and a high­way pa­trol­man ar­rived at the Border­line around 11.20pm in re­sponse to sev­eral 911 calls, heard gun­fire and went in­side, the sher­iff said.

Sgt Helus was im­me­di­ately hit with mul­ti­ple gun­shots.

SHOCK: Peo­ple com­fort each other near the Border­line Bar & Grill af­ter the fa­tal gun at­tack

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