Ian Long has been identified as the suspected black-clad gunman who opened fire at a crowded college bar in Thousand Oaks, California, killing at least 12 and wounding at least 21 people. The shooting happened at Borderline Bar & Grill, a country music-themed restaurant in Ventura County. It was “College Country Night” at the bar, a weekly event.
“BREAKING: Calif. bar mass shooting suspect identified as Ian Long, 29, several law enforcement officials tell @NBCNews – @PeteWilliamsNBC,” MSNBC reported.
The 29-year-old white male from California died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the scene. According to NBC News, the shooter drove his mother’s vehicle to the bar. Police said the gunman was “heavily tattooed,” but did not provide details about the tattoos, which were used to identify him along with fingerprints, NBC News reports.
“I was thinking that might be the last day of my life. I was just hoping not to get killed,” one witness told KTLA-TV of the shooting, which unfolded in the late evening hours of November 7, 2018. He was eventually rescued by the SWAT team. A woman in the neighbor described how young people, most ages 18 or 19, “were running everywhere.” Blood covered the sidewalks, and witnesses described how they hid in the bathroom.
The shooting was first reported just before 11:30 p.m. local time at the restaurant located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive in Thousand Oaks. The bar was hosting the weekly “College Country Night” when the gunfire broke out. The victims include Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ron Helus, who responded to the shooting.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Shooter Entered the Bar, Threw Smokes Grenades & Opened Fire, Witnesses Say
We’re back on the air with live coverage after reports of a mass shooting at #Borderline in #ThousandOaks. It’s college night, which was always a busy night when I was in school nearby. Gut-wrenching. Very few details so far. Watching anxiously. pic.twitter.com/4a6HUBCarI
— Greg Lee (@abc7greg) November 8, 2018
A witness told KABC-TV that the gunman entered the bar and threw a smoke grenade before opening fire. The witness told the news station he saw a security guard get shot before the witness ran away from the shooting.
“If the Lord took him away, he’s in a better place,” a distraught father, Jason Coffman, told KTLA-TV, seeking news about his son, Cody Coffman, 22, who was inside the bar.
“It takes an evil, cold” person to walk in and shoot people so emotionally, one man at the scene told KTLA, describing how his friends broke windows and helped people escape.
According to ABC News, “Law enforcement say the shooter is a white man in his late 20s who lived in the area. The weapon was a 45 caliber Glock and was legally obtained.” He was described by the Los Angeles Times as wearing a “black shirt, black hat and black glasses.”
This is devastating. I can’t imagine.
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