Gunman kills 12 in California bar packed with students

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

Police identified 28-year-old Ian David Long as the suspected gunman in a shooting at a bar in southern California that left at least 12 people dead late on Wednesday. "There's a fence right there so I said, 'Everyone get over the fence as quickly as you can.' And I followed them over". Long's body was found in an office near the entrance of the bar. Long was found dead at the scene, having apparently shot himself.

Ventura county sheriff Geoff Dean said sheriff's deputies were called to Long's home in Newbury Park, five miles west of Thousand Oaks, in April 2018. A mental health crisis team determined at that time that he should not be taken into custody, the AP reported.

Dean said Long was a Marine veteran, and said there was a chance he suffered from PTSD.

More recently he was living in a home where neighbours said they could hear frequent, aggressive shouting between Long and his mother, especially over the previous year.

President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, said on Twitter that he had been "fully briefed on the awful shooting in California". The gun was legally purchased, he added.

"Then we hear the shots stop or pause, at that point I knew he was reloading and there was not much he was going to be able to do so I jumped up, looked further down along the back of the bar - it's all glass". "We don't know if he reloaded his weapon or not, we're still interviewing witnesses".

"Here are my words: I want gun control", said Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, her voice shaking with grief and rage.

"It appears he walked up to the scene". He shot the security guard.

Police said he was a heavily tattooed white male who was not carrying any form of identification, according to NBC News.

The witness, who escaped unharmed with his stepson, said he saw the gunman shoot multiple people. He died at the hospital.

"He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price", he said.

"He was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally", Dean said.

"We lost a hero", he said.

This is a breaking news report.

Dean said about 15 others had injuries considered non-life-threatening, including cuts that came from jumping out of a window or diving under a table, the sheriff said.

Dean told reporters Thursday, "I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in...."

"I tried to get as many people to cover as I could", Knapp told the Associated Press. "And the gunman started opening fire on the cashiers, the people working the cash register on the front desk".

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and praised law enforcement officers for their response. "This is a safe place". 'I know where I'm going when I die, so I wasn't anxious to sacrifice myself'. Thousand Oaks was considered the third-safest city in the USA this year, according to Niche, an online company that provides data on neighborhoods, companies and schools.

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