- Title: Gunman kills 12 including deputy in crowded California bar
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 8, 2018) (REUTERS) WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF GEOFF DEAN SAYING: "I have a couple pieces of information I want to release to you. First of all, regarding the victims we are still working to identify them and make notifications, so we will not be releasing any victim's name at this time. We have identified the suspect. Approximately an hour ago. The suspect was identified as Ian David Long. I-A-N David Long. The birth date of March 27, 1990. He was 28 years old. We've had several contacts with Mr. Long over the years minor events such as 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 their house. They talked to him. He was he was somewhat irate and acting a little irrationally. They called out our crisis intervention team our mental health specialist who met with them talked to them and cleared and didn't feel that he was qualified to be taken under 5150 and he was left at that scene last April. Deputies are at the house now. They have secured the residence and they are seeking a search warrant to do a thorough search of the house."
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2018 16:09
- Keywords: news conference shooting Sheriff Ventura County Thousand Oaks suspect weapon
- Location: THOUSAND OAKS AND NEWBURY PARK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: THOUSAND OAKS AND NEWBURY PARK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA00195NC3LZ
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- Story Text:A U.S. Marine Corps veteran opened fire on a crowd of mostly college students and young adults dancing at a crowded country and western bar in a suburb of Los Angeles late on Wednesday (November 7), killing 12 people including a sheriff's deputy.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean named the suspect, who was also killed, as Ian Long, aged 28. Dean told a news conference Long had likely shot himself.
He said he appeared to have shot at random, using only a Glock .45-caliber handgun. There was no known motive.
An unknown number of people were wounded in the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular venue with college students and young adults in the suburb of Thousand Oaks. Wednesday was dubbed "College Country Night".
Deputies were at the suspect's house seeking a search warrant. The gun used in the attack was a Glock handgun, which is designed to hold up to 10 rounds and one in the chamber.
The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, Dean told reporters. Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive at the bar and went inside just before 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT).
Dean estimated that 10 to 15 people, including one with a gunshot wound, had gone to area hospitals. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that most of them were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows.
None of the civilian victims were identified. Helus died while being treated at an area hospital several hours after he was shot, Dean said.
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