Shooter posted on so­cial me­dia dur­ing Cal­i­for­nia bar mas­sacre

The Daily Courier - - 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, ac­cord­ing to law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

Also, one of the pos­si­bil­i­ties in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into is whether gun­man Ian David Long be­lieved his for­mer girl­friend would be at the bar.

Au­thor­i­ties have not de­ter­mined a mo­tive for Wed­nes­day night’s ram­page at the Border­line Bar and Grill.

Long, a 28-year-old for­mer Marine and ma­chine-gun­ner who served in Afghanistan, opened fire with a hand­gun dur­ing col­lege night at the bar, then ap­par­ently killed him­self as scores of po­lice of­fi­cers closed in.

Au­thor­i­ties in Thou­sand Oaks de­scribed an as­sault of mil­i­tary ef­fi­ciency.

As in­ves­ti­ga­tors worked to fig­ure out what set him off, Pres­i­dent Donald Trump blamed men­tal ill­ness, de­scrib­ing the gun­man as “a very sick puppy” who had “a lot of prob­lems.” A men­tal health spe­cial­ist who as­sessed Long af­ter sher­iff’s deputies re­sponded to a call about his ag­i­tated be­hav­iour last spring wor­ried he might be suf­fer­ing from post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

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