Of­fi­cial: Shooter de­bated san­ity on­line dur­ing bar mas­sacre

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

THOU­SAND OAKS, Calif. — 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 Fri­day.

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 gun­man, for­mer Marine Ian David Long, 28, 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.

Also, one of the pos­si­bil­i­ties in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into is whether 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.

Ian David Long

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