California bar shooting: Ian David Long identified as suspect

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

Many who frequent the bar, which was holding its "college country night", had been at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas a year ago when another gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m., the sheriff said.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Ventura Country Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long was found dead.

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran who authorities said had an episode of erratic behavior last spring that was thought to be post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military background.

Friends are remembering sheriff's sergeant who was killed trying to stop a shooting rampage at a California bar as a "cop's cop" who didn't hesitate to run toward danger. He gave his all.

"Tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives".

"It's a horrific incident", 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 any sense to the senseless".

The gunman was found dead.

Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire through the windows of his suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel which overlooked the open air concert.

Long's gun had an extended magazine on it, Dean said, which enabled it to hold more rounds and fire more shots before reloading. The bar was hosting a college country music night and was packed with students and other patrons.

Silikula said she heard the sirens of emergency vehicles two or three minutes later, then received a call from her daughter warning her that there had been a shooting. "He just started shooting", the man said.

"As soon as he walked in he had ideal form", she said.

Dean said he did not know of the shooter's motive, and he did not know of any connection between Long and the Borderline bar.

But most agree that there was a shooting and many people fled the bar and grill.

The intervention at the crowded venue late on Wednesday night was the final act of a 29-year career in law enforcement for Sergeant Helus, who was due to retire next year. "Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot". As they escaped through the bar's back door, she heard a second round of shots.

"It was just semi-automatic, as many shots as he could pull, and then when it started to reload that's when we got people out of there and I didn't look back".

He said a highway patrol officer who happened to be pulling someone over was nearby.

"I am very emotional right now", he said. "It's not moving. That's the problem", said Coffman, who was awaiting information at a center for relatives. "And I just kind of saw it in the corner of my eye and I heard a gunshot, and I focused on him and I saw that he was holding a handgun and he continued to shoot at the girl at the front desk".

Matt Wennerstrom, left, and Cole Knapp, following the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.

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