Calif. night­club shooter killed self, po­lice say

Of­fi­cials still look­ing for mo­tive

The Times-Tribune - - OBITUARIES / WORLD - BY JONATHAN J. COOPER

THOU­SAND OAKS, Calif. — An au­topsy de­ter­mined that the gun­man who killed 12 peo­ple at a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia bar died from a self­in­flicted gun­shot, po­lice said Satur­day.

Ian David Long, a 28-yearold ex-marine ma­chine-gun­ner, fa­tally shot 11 peo­ple at the Border­line Bar and Grill in Thou­sand Oaks and a po­lice of­fi­cer who re­sponded just be­fore mid­night Wed­nes­day. The of­fi­cer ex­changed gun­fire with Long, who was found dead at the scene.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff Bill Ayub said an au­topsy de­ter­mined Long fa­tally shot him­self.

Au­thor­i­ties have yet to de­ter­mine a mo­tive and are ex­plor­ing all pos­si­bil­i­ties. Among them is whether Long be­lieved a for­mer girl­friend might have been at the bar, which was filled with about 150 peo­ple on its pop­u­lar col­lege night that at­tracts stu­dents from sev­eral nearby schools.

For­mer Sher­iff Ge­off Dean, whose last day on the job was Fri­day, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Long tar­geted the bar but don’t know why. At least a half-dozen peo­ple in­ter­viewed by

The As­so­ci­ated Press who de­scribed them­selves as reg­u­lars at the bar don’t ever re­call see­ing Long there.

Au­thor­i­ties de­scribed an at­tack of mil­i­tary ef­fi­ciency. When Long shot his .45-cal­iber pis­tol, he killed. All of the in­jured suf­fered cuts, bruises and other mi­nor in­juries in fran­tic at­tempts to es­cape the gun­fire. Some smashed win­dows and jumped out.

Based on time stamps, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say, Long posted to In­sta­gram dur­ing the at­tack. The post in­volved his men­tal state and whether peo­ple would be­lieve he was sane.

Long grew up in Thou­sand Oaks and sev­eral peo­ple who knew him de­scribed him in dis­turb­ing terms. Long made oth­ers feel un­com­fort­able go­ing back to his teens.

Do­minique Colell, who coached girls’ track and field at the high school where Long was a sprinter, re­mem­bers an an­gry young man who could be ver­bally and phys­i­cally com­bat­ive.

In one in­stance, Colell said Long used his fin­gers to mimic shoot­ing her in the back of the head as she talked to an­other ath­lete. In an­other, he grabbed her rear and mid­sec­tion af­ter she re­fused to re­turn a cell­phone he said was his.

“I lit­er­ally feared for my­self around him,” Colell said in an in­ter­view Fri­day. “He was the only ath­lete that I was scared of.”

Po­lice said Long had no crim­i­nal record. How­ever, last April, yelling and loud bang­ing noises coming from the home Long shared with his mother prompted a nextdoor neigh­bor to call au­thor­i­ties.

Deputies re­sponded and a men­tal health spe­cial­ist who as­sessed Long wor­ried he might be suf­fer­ing from post­trau­matic stress disor­der but found no grounds to hos­pi­tal­ize him.

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