This is what we know about Ian David Long, suspected of the shooting in the bar of Thousand Oaks, California
The gunman who killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, was a 28-year veteran of the Marine Corps who had previous clashes with the ...
(CNN) - The gunman who killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, was a 28-year veteran of the Marine Corps who had previous clashes with the law, authorities said.
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This is what we know about Ian David Long so far:
The body of the attacker was found in the bar
The shooter is dead and his body was found inside the bar, police said. He was dead when the police arrived on the scene, said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.
Dean said that he believed that the armed man committed suicide.
The attacker used a handgun
Dean said officials found a .45-caliber Glock pistol in the scene that was legally purchased. The gun usually has 10 bullets, and one more in the chamber, but the gunman used an extended magazine in this shooting, Dean said.
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Dean said he did not know the attacker's motive and that he did not know of any connection between Long and the Borderline bar.
The attacker had previous confrontations with the law
The police had several contacts with Long previously.
In April, the officers responded to a riot at Long's house, and he was somewhat angry and acting irrationally, Dean said. A mental health specialist met with him and, ultimately, decided not to stop him under the laws relating to his mental health.
The suspect was in active service with the US Marine Corps. from August 2008 to March 2013, according to the records of the Department of Defense.
The attacker started firing suddenly
The armed man was dressed in black and wearing glasses when he entered the bar full of people who enjoyed a night of dancing.
"I started listening to these big pops, pop, pop, pop, probably three or four, I threw myself to the ground," John Hedge told CNN affiliate KABC.
Holden Harrah told CNN that the gunman opened fire in seconds.
"This guy just came out of nowhere and came out with a gun and shot people in Thousand Oaks, California," Harrah said. "And that's what really surprises me, it's a really safe area."
The reports of the shots arrived around 11:20 pm PT
"I heard a shot, I turned around and saw him shoot a couple more times," Teylor Whittler, a student at California Lutheran University, told KABC. "In a fraction of a second, everyone shouted 'go down,'" he said.
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Witnesses said that people dropped to the ground and hid behind stools in stunned silence. Others jumped on chairs and broke windows to leave the bar.
Shimon Prokupecz of CNN, Cheri Mossburg, Ryan Browne and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.