Borderline Gunman Posted on Facebook About 'Thoughts and Prayers' Before Shooting

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2018

Jason Coffman holds up his phone, showing a photo his 22-year-old son Cody, who died after a gunman opened fire on a bar in Thousand Oaks and killed 12 people on November 7, 2018. The investigation into what drove 28-year-old Ian David Long to kill was continuing even as the city about 40 miles from Los Angeles was under threat.

'I heard shots and that's not a noise you mistake for anything else, ' said Matt Wennerstrom, who was in the bar at the time of the deadly incident, said.

Terrified patrons scrambled for the exits after the gunman started shooting a handgun in the Borderline Bar and Grill around 11:20 PM on Wednesday before killing himself, they said.

Sheriff Geoff Dean of Ventura County police said at least six off-duty officers were at the bar, which was hosting a country music night.

Deputies were called to Long's house in response to a disturbance in April this year and "felt he might be suffering from PTSD, the fact he was a veteran and had been in the corps", he said.

One parents told reporters those officers "stood in front of my daughter" when Long opened fire. But they have said when they arrived at the scene, the suspect was still firing. "He was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally".

According to survivors, Long was dressed in all-black, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask covering the bottom part of his face. California's "5150" mental health detention law allows for the temporary detention of people with psychiatric issues.

"Obviously, he had something going on in his head that caused him to do something like this", he said. "It must have been bad".

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A motive in the shooting is not known.

Kelly said living through Vegas changed his life and doesn't know how a second mass shooting will affect him down the road.

"He really liked it", a friend told CNN.

Kelly said he dragged one woman out a back emergency exit and then, using his belt, T-shirt and Marine training, applied a tourniquet to his friend's bleeding arm.

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. "He was the only athlete that I was scared of".

In one instance, Ms Colell said Long grabbed her rear and midsection after she refused to return a phone he said was his.

In recent years, right after a mass shooting happens in the United States, some politicians have said it's not the appropriate time to discuss gun control. Don MacLeod said he did not call police but avoided speaking with Ian Long. "You know you can't do that!'" "She was the kind of girl that if you had friends, you'd want them to marry her". First thing I said was, "please don't drink and drive". "I feel guilty for being thankful that it wasn't me and some of my athletes".

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