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California shooting: Suspect identified as 28-year old Ian David Long

California shooting: Suspect identified as 28-year old Ian David Long
California shooting: Suspect identified as 28-year old Ian David Long

The suspected shooter at the Borderline Bar & Grill Thousand Oaks in California on Wednesday night where over 21 persons were reported injured, and about 12 killed, has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, by Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.

According to the report, Mr Ian David Long, a US Marine Corps veteran, used a .45 caliber Glock during the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks, California, the sheriff said.

Authorities described the suspect of the deadly shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill Thousand Oaks California as:

“We’ve had several contacts with Mr. Long over the years, minor events, a traffic collision. He was a victim of a battery at a local bar in 2015. In April of this year, deputies were called to his house for a subject disturbing. They went to the house, they talked to him. He was somewhat irate. Acting a little irrationally.

They called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialists who met with him, talked to him and cleared him. Didn’t feel he was qualified to be taken under 5150. And he was left at that scene last April,” the sheriff said.”

The shooting also saw one Sheriff gunned down as he attempt to rescue victims, an officer identified as Sergeant Ron Helus by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. One of the officers, Capt. Garo Kuredjian while speaking to the press, as reported by CNN said:

“It’s unclear if all the victims inside the bar have been identified or if all of their families have been notified”

“If you can imagine young people out on a Wednesday night, having a good time, at a bar they’ve probably been to many times. Thousand Oaks, one of the safest cities in the United States, and something like this happens. We’re trying to make sense out of the senseless, it’s absolutely tragic.”

Helus, who was set to retire in the next year, was injured and died at a hospital.

“He is absolutely a hero. He leaves behind a wife and a son, he was a 54-year-old resident of Moore Park, he epitomized what a cop does, he was a cop’s cop,” Kuredjian said. “When he heard the gunfire he ran in, he ran in and no doubt saved others from being victimized. A young man who was inside the club came up to me and said, ‘You know what? He saved additional people from being victims.’ That’s what cops do. That’s what he did.” He said.

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