Calif. gun­man passed men­tal assess­ment

The Republican Herald - - NATION - BY KATH­LEEN RON­AYNE AND JUSTIN PRITCHARD

THOU­SAND OAKS, Calif. — Neigh­bors of Ian David Long de­scribed the man who shot and killed 12 peo­ple at a coun­try mu­sic bar as dis­tant in pub­lic but com­bat­ive with his mother in­side the sub­ur­ban Los An­ge­les home the two shared.

One ruckus in April was so ex­treme that they called law en­force­ment. Au­thor­i­ties brought in a men­tal health spe­cial­ist who con­cluded that Long could not be in­vol­un­tar­ily com­mit­ted for psy­chi­atric ob­ser­va­tion but wor­ried the 28- year- old Marine vet­eran might have post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

“The men­tal health ex­perts out there cleared him that day,” Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said Thurs­day, the morn­ing af­ter Long opened fire in­side a bar that was host­ing a night for lo­cal col­lege stu­dents.

Julie Han­son, who lives next door to Long’s ranch­style home, de­scribed him as “odd” and “dis­re­spect­ful” well be­fore he left home a decade ago, got mar­ried and en­listed in the Marines, be­com­ing a ma­chine gun­ner.

She could of­ten hear him yelling and curs­ing, but sev­eral months ago unusu­ally loud bang­ing and shout­ing prompted her hus­band to call au­thor­i­ties.

“I was con­cerned be­cause I knew he had been in the mil­i­tary,” Tom Han­son said Thurs­day, as fed­eral and lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers searched Long’s house, where an Amer­i­can flag flew over the garage.

Han­son de­scribed Long as an in­tro­vert and said he was “dumbfounded” by the mas­sacre.

Other than the call in April, Long’s only other con­tact with au­thor­i­ties came af­ter a traf­fic col­li­sion and af­ter he al­leged he was the vic­tim of a vi­o­lent en­counter in 2015 at an­other bar in Thou­sand Oaks, the sher­iff said.

IAN DAVIDLONGBar shooter

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