Ex-Marine apparently acted alone in California bar shooting

Thousand Oaks Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people

Thousand Oaks Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people

Carl Edgar, a 24 resident of Tarzana, Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times around 20 of his friends were at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 12 people.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean named the suspect as Ian Long, aged 28.

Telemachus Orfanos and his friends survived one of the deadliest mass shootings in America, at a Las Vegas country music festival in 2017. The U.S. Marine Corps released Long's service record, which said he served from 2008 to 2013, and his ranking was a corporal as a machine gunner, ABC News reported.

The Times reports that there were multiple reports of shots fired and people hit. Last thing I said was, "son, I love you".

On some of the more popular nights at the country music dance hall, the crowd inside could be counted on to be in the hundreds. "He was a sweet guy who served his country and was using his GI Bill to go to college and get a degree to help more people", the friend said.

Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer, who hasn't been publicly named, were on scene within minutes, and were the first responders to courageous their way into the bar, darkened by a smoke bomb set off by Long. Long used an extended magazine for the weapon, Dean said.

"We heard shots, I looked up and knew exactly what was happening".

'That's how we were able to get out, ' she said with her face in her hands. "I love you. I'll talk to you later". Mental health specialists talked with Long and determined that no further action was necessary.

"I told my wife, 'Just be polite to him".

Knapp, a student at nearby Moorpark College, ducked behind a pool table with a few other people, he said, even as some patrons kept line dancing, apparently unaware of the gunfire around them.

"We were all bodies on top of each other and as soon as we saw him (the shooter) walk. into the other part of the bar, everyone bolted as fast as they could to get out", Tait said.

"I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military", neighbour Tom Hanson said Thursday, as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Long's house, where an American flag flew over the garage.

Survivors of the shooting said the gunman, dressed in black and wearing glasses, shot a security guard outside and then shot a young woman working at the counter just inside the door before opening fire on others.

"Everywhere I go, everything I do is affected", he said.

People comfort each other as they stand near the scene, November 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people. "You're always overanalyzing people, trying to figure out if something were to go down, 'What would I do?'" That exit leads to a patio where people smoke. "There's a fence right there so I said, 'Everyone get over the fence as quickly as you can, ' and I followed them over".

Jasmin Alexander, who was with around 15 friends at the bar, said there was chaos and confusion inside when shots rang out.

The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, Dean told reporters. Police and firefighters lined the highways and saluted as a hearse carried his body from a hospital to the country coroner's office.

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