The shooter responsible for the shooting incident at Thousand Oaks, California has reportedly been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long.
ABC 6 reports Long was a Marine Corps veteran who suffered from PTSD. He entered the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night, just before midnight local time where he killed 12 people.
“He served in the Marines for five years between 2008 and 2013, during which time he was awarded 10 medals and toured Afghanistan,” the Daily Mail reports.
Among those who were killed was Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the police force who was set to retire.
From ABC 6:
Thursday morning, authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the nightclub. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said investigators believe Long fatally shot himself.
The motive behind the massacre is not clear and is under investigation, Dean said, adding that investigators found no immediate reason to believe that the Borderline Bar & Grill was specifically targeted.
Shortly before 7 a.m., deputies swarmed a neighborhood in the Newbury Park area, focusing on a particular home, which they roped off with crime tape. Dean confirmed that home is Long’s residence.
Investigators knocked on doors of surrounding residents to find out what they may know about Long. One neighbor who knew Long said he was a veteran who suffered from PTSD. She said, “I don’t know what he was doing with a gun.” Others said Long lived at the home with his mother.
According to the report, the shooter had several prior run-ins with law enforcement including a traffic collision, a traffic citation. In a 2015 incident, Long was a victim of battery at a bar.
Sheriff Dean told reporters that there was a disturbance at Long’s home on April of this year but said did not qualify under a California rule for involuntary psychiatric treatment:
“He was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally. They called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialist,” Dean said.
Those specialists ended up clearing him because they “didn’t feel he was qualified to be taken under 5150,” Dean said, referencing the California law code for the temporary involuntary psychiatric commitment of individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to signs of mental illness.
Long was found deceased on the scene to a self-inflicted gunshot wound when law enforcement re-entered the bar and restaurant, per ABC 6.
Here’s more on Long and his military career, via Daily Mail:
The circumstances of his departure are not known, but he climbed to the rank of Corporal before he left the armed forces.
During his time in the Marines, he was awarded numerous awards including two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the Marines declined to give information surrounding his discharge in 2013, telling DailyMail.com that they were bound by privacy laws and unable to reveal what prompted him to leave.
After leaving the Marines, he took a job with California State University Northridge where he worked as an athletic trainer until at least 2016.
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