Ex-Ma­rine gun­man had had con­tact with law en­force­ment be­fore,

Merced Sun-Star - - Front Page - BY JACLYN COSGROVE, MATT HAMIL­TON, HAN­NAH FRY AND ALEJANDRA REYES-VELARDE

Be­fore au­thor­i­ties said he opened fire at a Thou­sand Oaks bar, killing 12 peo­ple Wed­nes­day night, Ian David Long was known among his neigh­bors in New­bury Park as a trou­bled ex-Ma­rine who ap­peared to have se­ri­ous men­tal health prob­lems.

Long, 28, made the five-mile drive from his home to the Border­line Bar and Grill, where he tossed smoke bombs and rained bul­lets on a crowd of 150 to 200 peo­ple, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said.

Au­thor­i­ties said Long car­ried out the at­tack armed with a Glock 21 .45-cal­iber hand­gun, which he pur­chased legally in Simi Val­ley but had ap­par­ently mod­i­fied with an ex­tended mag­a­zine.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said Long was found dead of an ap­par­ent gun­shot wound in an of­fice in­side the bar. Au­thor­i­ties sus­pect he killed him­self af­ter car­ry­ing out the at­tack. Dean said of­fi­cials dis­cussed whether the gun­man suf­fered from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Dean said his de­part­ment had had sev­eral in­ter­ac­tions with Long, in­clud­ing a visit to his home in April for a com­plaint of dis­turb­ing the peace. Deputies at the time said Long was irate and act­ing ir­ra­tionally, Dean said. They called in men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als to eval­u­ate him, and they con­cluded he did not need to be taken into cus­tody. Long was the vic­tim of a bat­tery at a dif­fer­ent Thou­sand Oaks bar in Jan­uary 2015, Dean said.

Neigh­bor Richard

Berge, 77, said Long was known to kick holes in the walls of the ranch-style house on Fowler Av­enue where he lived with his mother.

“She’s a very sweet woman, but she had a lot of prob­lems with the son,” Berge said. “I just know he tore the house up.”

Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Marines, Long served be­tween 2008 and 2013 and was a ma­chine gun­ner. He was sta­tioned in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.

He re­ceived stan­dard mil­i­tary honors in­clud­ing the Navy Unit Com­men­da­tion, the Navy Mer­i­to­ri­ous Unit Com­men­da­tion, Com­bat Ac­tion Rib­bon and Ma­rine Corps Good Con­duct Medal. In 2011, he at­tained the rank of cor­po­ral. His last post was at Ka­neohe Bay in Hawaii.

Af­ter leav­ing the mil­i­tary, Long en­rolled in 2013 at Cal State Northridge, where he stud­ied ath­letic train­ing. He left school in 2016 with­out grad­u­at­ing, ac­cord­ing to the uni­ver­sity.

Blake Win­nett, a set builder from Simi Val­ley, said he lived with Long for about two years af­ter they met in 2013. They roomed to­gether in Simi Val­ley and later in Reseda while Long at­tended col­lege.

Win­nett re­called his for­mer room­mate as quiet – al­most reclu­sive, keep­ing to him­self and ad­her­ing to rou­tines.

“He wasn’t out­go­ing or talk­a­tive,” he said. “He kept to him­self, al­ways had his ear­buds in. He went to the gym, went to class or rode his mo­tor­cy­cle.”

Win­nett said he would some­times coax his hes­i­tant room­mate into go­ing out and grab­bing a drink at var­i­ous wa­ter­ing holes in Los An­ge­les and around Simi Val­ley.

Long, he said, oc­ca­sion­ally went to Border­line, but the bar’s West­ern vibe wasn’t re­ally his scene.

“He’s not re­ally a coun­try guy,” Win­nett said.

Long was known to keep a hand­gun at the home, but it didn’t strike Win­nett, a gun owner him­self, as un­usual.

Long mar­ried in 2009 but filed for di­vorce jointly with his wife in May 2013. The di­vorce was fi­nal­ized eight months later.

RICHARD VOGEL AP

Ven­tura County sher­iff’s deputies in­ves­ti­gate at the house of shoot­ing sus­pect Ian David Long.

Ian David Long

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