Trump blames mental illness in California bar massacres

Saul Bowman
November 10, 2018

It also marks the deadliest mass shooting in the country since 17 people were killed earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Dean identified the suspect as Ian David Long, a Marine Corps veteran and resident of Thousand Oaks, an upscale city northwest of Los Angeles.

Many Rams players, coaches and staff members settled in the Thousand Oaks area after the team returned to Southern California from St. Louis in 2016.

- Long first shot a security guard outside the bar, went inside and then shot more security personnel and employees before opening fire on patrons. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out of the bar. She described him as "the sweetest guy". "I love you. I'll talk to you later".

People look on from an overpass as a motorcade with the body of Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt Ron Helus passes by. Helus's heroics are being credited with saving lives.

Sheriff Dean paid an emotional tribute to the policeman who had served for 29 years and was due to retire next year.

The official - who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity - would not give additional details on what the 28-year-old former Marine posted on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

"I'm super upset that it happened in our home, and I feel bad for the families that have to go through this", Merrill said at the vigil.

Dean said he believed about 150 to 200 people were inside the bar at the time of the shooting.

They include Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was first on the scene, Cody Coffman, 22, Alaina Housley, 18, Justin Meeks, 23, Noel Sparks and Dan Manrique. When the gunfire began, officers helped shield some of the survivors.

Long, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, also killed himself after massacring his victims.

Violent crime is a rarity in Thousand Oaks with 123 incidents per 100,000 and annual property crimes of 1,298 per 100,000. He said, "I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military". The normalization, that's the only way I can describe it. "It's quiet here. This kind of thing just doesn't happen". He left as a corporal in March 2013 and recently was living with his mother in Thousand Oaks.

"It's a tough night for everybody here, there is no doubt", Sgt. Buchow continued.

"There's people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there's people that have seen it twice". And, it hits home.

He said that there are at least "six victims including one deputy" who are still inside the bar. "This is going to have a lasting impact on the community there's no doubt".

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