The suspect in the shooting that left 12 dead and 23 injured at a California club has been identified as Ian Long, 28. Learn more about him and the situation, here.
Twelve people are dead and 23 injured after a gunman opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on November 7. The victims have not been identified, save for one — a sheriff’s deputy on the scene, who was with the force for 29 years and just months away from retirement. Now, the suspected shooter, who was found dead at the scene, has been identified as 28-year-old David Ian Long. The details about Ian are scarce right now, but here’s what we do know:
1. David Ian Long was a Marine Corps. veteran who lived in the area. The suspected gunman went by his middle name, Ian, and was a veteran in the Marine Corps; police had previously been called to his home in the Newbury, CA, area to investigate a disturbance, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. Long apparently drove his mother’s car to the bar and didn’t say anything before opening fire. He was described as being dressed in all black with his face partially covered by a hood, wearing glasses, and covered in tattoos. While police did not describe his tattoos, Ian was apparently identified by his ink and fingerprints. He wasn’t carrying an ID.
Deputies swarmed Long’s Newbury neighborhood on the morning after the shooting, roping off a particular home with crime tape. FBI agents were reportedly waiting a search warrant to enter the home. A neighbor told investigators that Long was a veteran who suffered from PTSD. “I don’t know what he was doing with a gun,” she said, according to ABC News. Other neighbors reported that Long lived with his mother, but that is unconfirmed at this time.
2. His possible motive is still unknown. There was no evidence that this was an act of “terrorism,” according to Sheriff Geoff Dean, but the department is still working on finding out the gunman’s possible motive. They do not believe he targeted Borderline employees specifically.
3. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Long was already dead when deputies responded to the shooting at Borderline at approximately 11:26pm ET. They believe that he committed suicide, according to Dean, but are still investigating.
KABC-TV interview with eyewitness whose stepson was inside Borderline bar.
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4. Details about what happened during the massacre are chilling. Tim Hedge, who was with his stepson, John, told KABC that the gunman “fired the first shot. I knew it was live. I knew it was real. My son thought it was a joke so I pulled him down and got some cover. I looked up and he was moving to the right. He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man. Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl. Then he started moving to the right. He wasn’t looking at us. Then he went into the office, where all the cash and stuff is. He didn’t say anything at all. He just started shooting.”
5. The identities of most of the victims are still unknown. However, it was college night at the bar, and it was packed full of students from Pepperdine University, the school confirmed. The one identified victim was Sgt. Ron Helus, who was with the force for nearly 30 years.
“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,” Capt. Garo Kuredjian said in an interview with local KCAL/KCBS. “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.”