Who is the suspect in the Thousand Oaks shooting?

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

"We would go to Borderline together".

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said at a news conference early Thursday that a sheriff's deputy was also shot and taken to a hospital.

Police have identified Ian David Long, 28, as the suspected gunman.

Long was in the Marines from 2008 to 2013, rose to the rank of corporal and served in Afghanistan in 2010-11 before he was honorably discharged, the military said. He and his wife separated in June 2011, while he was deployed on a seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

"It looked like he knew what he was doing", Whitler told KABC-TV.

"It's a horrific scene in there", Dean said in the parking lot.

Authorities have no motive yet.

Dean said Long was a veteran of the USA marine corps.

Asante Sefa-Boakye, a longtime friend, referred to Meek as a "teddy bear" who loved country music.

Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer, who hasn't been publicly named, were on scene within minutes, and were the first responders to courageous their way into the bar, darkened by a smoke bomb set off by Long.

Despite his tender home life, Helus was also a dedicated "cop's cop" who never shied away from a tough assignment, spending much of his career on the SWAT team and working narcotics, Buschow said.

Mourning: A procession for the body of Sergeant Ron Helus, who died in the shooting, drives down Ventura Highway 101.

"He said Helus was on the phone with his wife when he got the report of the shooting and he told her, "'Hey, I have to go.

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The highway patrol officer stepped back, pulled Helus from the line of fire and secured his post until more officers arrived. Wennerstrom told CBS News he was a weekly regular at the Borderline Bar & Grill, and the other customers were like "family".

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

Fellow officers from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office described him as an "exceptional friend and man" who had served for 29 years as one of the most committed and hardworking officers on the force.

Police said several hundred people were inside the venue, which was hosting a "college country night" for students.

He said he and others smashed their way out of the bar onto a balcony and then jumped down to safety.

Alaina Housley, a student at Pepperdine university who was described as loved by all who knew her, also died.

Speaking through tears, Mr Coffman said: "I talked to him last night, before he headed out the door".

- Long first shot a security guard outside the bar, went inside and then shot more security personnel and employees before opening fire on patrons.

Dean said the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of a battery at a bar in 2015.

Authorities said he had no criminal record, but in April officers were called to his home, where deputies found him angry and acting irrationally.

Dean said Long was a Marine veteran, and said there was a chance he suffered from PTSD. He was a machine gunner. Dean said Helus was the first to go in and was immediately hit with multiple gunshots.

A man holds his head in his hands outside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, following the shooting.

"I saw someone throw a bar stool through the window and I followed suit and I threw a bar stool through the window and we just pushed people towards the bar, so that they weren't in the direct line of sight of him and then just filed as many people, everyone that was there, out through that back window", he explained. "It sounded like fireworks or something", said witness John Hedge, according to NBC News.

"This guy just came out of nowhere and came out with a gun and shot people in Thousand Oaks, California", Harrah said.

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