Trou­bled ex-Ma­rine was known to au­thor­i­ties

The Herald Sun - - Nation - BY JA­CLYN COS­GROVE, MATT HAMIL­TON, HAN­NAH FRY AND ALE­JAN­DRA REYES-VE­LARDE Los An­ge­les Times

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.

Dressed in black, 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, or PTSD.

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.”

On Thurs­day morn­ing, a green light in a dec­o­ra­tive fix­ture next to the garage of the three-bed­room home il­lu­mi­nated the drive­way as au­thor­i­ties hud­dled out­side. The light is com­monly used to honor mil­i­tary vet­er­ans.

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.

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.

RICHARD VO­GEL AP

Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s deputies stand out­side the house of shoot­ing sus­pect David Ian Long in New­bury Park, Calif., on Thurs­day.

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