Father's parting words to son killed in California shooting: 'I love you'

Arnold Nichols
November 11, 2018

The gunman who killed 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night stopped to post about his sanity on social media while conducting the attack.

The gunman who killed 12 people in a crowded California country music bar has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine, the local sheriff said Thursday.

One man who lived through the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, had another brush with death when he survived a mass shooting at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian also said he didn't know the content of the posts.

In a Facebook update attributed to Long by CNN, which said it was posted around the time of the shootings, he writes: "I hope people call me insane (laughing emojis). wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony?" The post involved his mental state and whether people would believe he was sane.

Authorities have yet to determine a motive. Borderline features country music, and Wednesday was "college night" that drew many young people to the bar.

"He attacked me. He attacked his high school track coach", Colell said.

Richard Berge, who lived near Long and looked after his mother's dogs, told Reuters she had told him earlier this year she anxious her son might take his own life but did not fear he would hurt her.


The 54-year-old was a former narcotics and SWAT officer who was due to retire next year.

In one instance, Ms Colell said Long used his fingers to mimic shooting her in the back of the head as she talked to another athlete.

One parents told reporters those officers "stood in front of my daughter" when Long opened fire.

Long had been cleared by mental health experts after an incident in his home in April, sheriffs revealed on Thursday morning. 'I know where I'm going when I die, so I wasn't anxious to sacrifice myself'. "And we feel for the people involved, that it happened to".

"I told my wife, 'Just be polite to him".

Investigators have not commented on whether mental illness played a role in the rampage. I want gun control.

He said he wants to pray for everyone else who is going to go through this same situation, adding, "There's many more to come, but for me this is a heart that I'll never get back". "He was the only athlete that I was scared of".

The Marine Corps said Long earned several awards, including a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. "The fire is literally so close to exploding into an area that is massively populated".

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