Gun­man posted about men­tal state

Killer was on­line dur­ing bar at­tack: Of­fi­cial

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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

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

The of­fi­cial — who was briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss it pub­licly and spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity — would not give ad­di­tional de­tails on what the 28-year-old for­mer Marine posted on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

Long, a for­mer 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.

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.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not com­mented on whether men­tal ill­ness played a role in the ram­page. But a men­tal health spe­cial­ist who as­sessed Long af­ter po­lice were called about his ag­i­tated be­hav­iour last spring wor­ried he might be suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in April, when one of the loud and re­peated fights he had with his mother at the home was so bad that a next-door neigh­bour called po­lice. The men­tal health spe­cial­ist con­cluded there were no grounds to have him in­vol­un­tar­ily com­mit­ted.

DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AP

A Ven­tura County Sher­iff, left, joins chap­lains as they pray near the site of Wed­nes­day’s shoot­ing.

LONG Died at scene

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