Gun­man shoots 12 in­side Cal­i­for­nia bar

PO­LICE OF­FI­CER AMONG DEAD

Western Daily Press - - World -

TWELVE peo­ple in­clud­ing a sher­iff ’s sergeant were killed in a mass shooting in­side a crowded south­ern Cal­i­for­nia bar yes­ter­day 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 health is­sues, with in­ves­ti­ga­tors try­ing to find the mo­tive for the at­tack at a venue host­ing a coun­try mu­sic evening for stu­dents.

The hooded killer used a smoke bomb and a hand­gun, send­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple flee­ing in ter­ror

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 Thou­sand Oaks 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 in a press con­fer­ence.

Peo­ple com­fort each other at the scene in Thou­sand Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia

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