Bar gun­man went from be­ing a Ma­rine to liv­ing with his mother

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Thou­sand Oaks: Ian David Long be­gan his adult life by en­list­ing in the Marines and get­ting mar­ried. Years af­ter a di­vorce and a dis­charge and months af­ter shout­ing brought a men­tal health ex­pert to his door, Long killed 12 peo­ple.

Long, 28, was a for­mer mil­i­tary ma­chine gun­ner who ap­par­ently killed him­self af­ter the Wed­nes­day night at­tack in Thou­sand Oaks, the quiet sub­urb where he lived with his mother.

Neigh­bours said on Thurs­day they would hear loud, ag­gres­sive fights be­tween the two. Au­thor­i­ties said they vis­ited that ranch-style house only once, in April, af­ter a neigh­bour re­ported yelling and crash­ing sounds.

Deputies found Long “was some­what irate, act­ing a lit­tle ir­ra­tionally” and called in a men­tal health spe­cial­ist, Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said. That spe­cial­ist as­sessed Long but con­cluded he couldn’t be in­vol­un­tar­ily com­mit­ted for psy­chi­atric ob­ser­va­tion.

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.

Long en­listed in the Marines at 18 and was mar­ried as a 19-year-old in Hon­olulu in June 2009, ac­cord­ing to mil­i­tary and court records.

His mil­i­tary ser­vice lasted nearly five years, and he was hon­ourably dis­charged with the rank of cor­po­ral in 2013, the Pen­tagon said.

Dur­ing his ser­vice, Long’s mar­riage fell apart. He and his wife sep­a­rated in June 2011, while he was de­ployed on a seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

Peo­ple grieve the death of twelve rev­ellers at the bar shoot­ing

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