Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Who is the suspect in the Thousand Oaks shooting?

Who is the suspect in the Thousand Oaks shooting?

Authorities haven't identified what motivated Long to open fire during college night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people around 40 miles (64 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles.

Reports said there were around a 100 patrons inside the nightclub when the shooting began.

His motive is so far unknown and police were searching his property for clues.

Law enforcement officers salute the hearse carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, who was shot and killed in a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018.

Long was a US Marine Corps veteran, Dean said.

He added, "Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this".

A neighbour, who would only identify himself by his last name, Hanson, said Long lived with his mother. Mental health specialists talked to him and didn't feel he qualified to be detained under the state's "5150" mental health detention law, Dean said.

"It's well too early to know if he took his own life", Dean said.

It had been purchased legally, Dean said. "It's part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everywhere, and I think it's impossible to put any logic or sense to the senseless".

The shooting is the latest in a long list of mass shootings in the US.

Kelly said he dragged one woman out a back emergency exit and then, using his belt, T-shirt and Marine training, applied a tourniquet to his friend's bleeding arm.

But when Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer entered the bar about 11:20 p.m., gunshots were already piercing the room.

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The venue in the quiet, upscale Thousand Oaks suburb had been hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said earlier.

Von Molt said she and others from nearby California Lutheran University often gathered on Wednesday night to line dance to country music. Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident.

"When (he) started to reload, that's when we got people out of there and I didn't look back", Wennerstrom said.

Knapp said he helped people hide behind a pool table and then fled outside, alerting people on an outdoor smoking patio.

"I'm a Thousand Oaks resident", 19-year-old Erika Sigman said, according to the LA Times. He said, "I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military". "It doesn't matter how safe your community is". "This doesn't happen anywhere else on planet Earth".

The one-hour procession through the streets was filled with sadness and silent salutes on numerous overpasses.

Cody Coffman, 22, was the oldest son of Jason Coffman, who confirmed his death amid sobs in an interview with reporters.

"Only him and I know how I love, how much I miss him", he said. Last thing I said was, "son, I love you".

A former Marine - armed with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun with an illegal extended magazine - opened fire on a packed California country music bar Wednesday night, killing 12 people, including a veteran sheriff's sergeant nearing retirement, officials said.

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