Ian Long, 28, has been identified as the person responsible for the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, during the late hours of Wednesday, November 7. The shooter used a legally purchased .45 caliber handgun in the shooting. Additionally, Long reportedly drove his mother’s car to the bar where the shooting took place.
ABC has reported that Long’s neighbors said he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who suffered from PTSD and that they “have no idea what he was doing with a gun”. Police — who said they had prior run-ins with Long — will be executing a search warrant of his home on Thursday, November 8. Long lived in Newbury Park, California.
As a result of the shooting, 13 people have died, in addition to the shooter. A responding police officer was also killed. Additionally, the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since 17 students and teachers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting is the 307th mass shooting in 2018.
The shooting in Thousand Oaks — which came just one day after Election Day in the United States — is just the latest in a string of mass shootings, bomb threats, lockdowns, and evacuations that have plagued the United States of America in recent years.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 8, 2018
What Happened At The Borderline Bar & Grill?
Around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, Long entered the Borderline Bar & Grill, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fired with a legally purchased .45 caliber handgun, ultimately killing 13 people, including himself. Long reportedly shot a security guard before firing on patrons.
In addition to the fatalities, there are reportedly also over 25 injuries. Reports indicate there were over 100 people in the bar at the time of the shooting. Police have since estimated that “over 200 people” were inside the bar at the time of the shooting.
Police believe the Glock 21 .45 caliber handgun used in the shooting was legally purchased by Long in 2016.
Sergeant Ron Helus, one of the first officers on the scene who confronted the shooter, was also killed.
via New York Times:
The Ventura County sheriff, Geoff Dean, said there were “multiple other victims of different levels of injuries.” His voice cracking, he identified one of the dead as Sgt. Ron Helus, who was shot when he entered the building.
“He died a hero because he went, he went in to save lives, to save other people’s lives,” Sheriff Dean said.
When other law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, he added, the gunman was already dead. Sheriff Dean said that the assailant had not been identified, that the authorities had “no idea” whether he had links to terrorism, and that it was not clear if he had taken his own life.
The Borderline Bar & Grill, which is located at 99 Rolling Oaks Dr in Thousand Oaks, California, was holding it’s College Night during the shooting.
President Trump was briefed on the shooting and released the following statement on Twitter:
“I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar….
….Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.”
Who Is Ian David Long?
28-year-old white male Ian Long has been identified as the suspect that opened fired on the Borderline Bar & Grill on Thursday, November 8. Law enforcement officials say that he reportedly used a .45 caliber handgun in the shooting.
Long, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, lived in Newbury Park, California.
As a result of the shooting, 13 people were killed, including the shooter. At this time, the shooter’s motive is unknown.
Neighbors say suspected Southern California gunman, 28-year-old Ian David Long, was a veteran who suffered from PTSD. Ventura County Sheriff says motive is still unknown. MORE: https://t.co/pZ7jvZIyy7 pic.twitter.com/JvX2lT7G60
— Preston Phillips (@PrestonTVNews) November 8, 2018