Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

Ian Long: California Bar Shooting Suspect Identified as a Veteran

Ian Long: California Bar Shooting Suspect Identified as a Veteran

In a news briefing Thursday, authorities identified the suspect as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine.

Marc Brown, an ABC7 reporter, said that he has seen one dead body outside the venue which does not match the description of the suspect.

Deputies say many people fled the bar after shots rang out. Witnesses said the shots sounded like they were coming from a semi-automatic weapon. "We have no idea what the motive was at this point".

Long served in the Marines from August 2008 until March 2013. The alleged perpetrator then threw smoke bombs into the bar and continued shooting.

The gunman died inside the bar, police said. A handgun was recovered at the scene, which Dean says has not been examined in detail yet. A mental health crisis team determined at that time that he should not be taken into custody, the AP reported.

"If you were a victim of a crime, you want him investigating the case, " Buschow said.

"It's a horrific scene in there", he said.

Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office was hit by gunfire as he entered the bar to help.

Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office who was about to retire, is survived by his wife and his son.

Helus went in because gunshots still were being fired, Dean said.

"He died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean said.

Dean said a mother recalled that the cops stood in front of her daughter to shield her from the gunfire. "I love you. I'll talk to you later".

Taylor Von Molt, 21, said she was line dancing when she "heard what I thought was a balloon pop".

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was on the dance floor with her friends nearby when she saw the gunman shooting and heard screams to "get down".

"He had ... what looked like a bandanna on the bottom on his face, sunglasses, black hoodie, dark jeans".

She ran toward the nearest exit but tripped, and people kept running on top of her in a rush to escape.

"They are just kids", an eyewitness who identified himself as Tim told ABC 7, struggling to hold back sobs.

No other information was immediately available.

"I started hearing these big pops".

People comfort each other near the scene of the shooting.

Long lived close to the bar in question, officials said. He said they watched the gunman shoot the bouncer and then move through the bar.

"Before it happened it was just a normal Wednesday night, just having a good time and as soon as it all started, it just went to utter chaos real quick", Cole Knapp said.

Some of the people present at the mass shooting in a California nightclub Wednesday night were also survivors of the Las Vegas country music concert shooting a year ago, according to a friend. People were trying to get out the window....

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