Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar

On Wednesday night, in Thousand Oaks, California, as gunman Ian Long killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar and Grill, Orfanos was not so fortunate. He told a news conference Long had likely shot himself and that he was a veteran who had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. I saw him, then I saw him fire his weapon one more time. "Oh, son, I love you so much".

Borderline Bar and Grill in California had become a safe haven for dozens of survivors of last year's massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival, a place where they gathered for line dancing and drinks.

This undated photo provided by former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley and his wife, actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, shows their niece, Alaina Housley, a Pepperdine University freshman who was among those killed in the Wednesday shooting at the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

"(He) said to her, 'Hey I got to go handle a call.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman arrived around 11:20 p.m.in response to several 911 calls, heard gunfire and went inside, the sheriff said. Helus was one of the first responders at the scene, three minutes later, Dean said. "We have no idea what the motive was at this point", Dean said.

The Marine Corps said Long had attained the rank of corporal after serving almost five years, including seven months in Afghanistan.

"I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in", Dean told reporters when asked if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks.

The sheriff said a mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

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"I just kind of saw it in the corner of my eye and I heard a gunshot and I focused on him and I saw that he was holding a handgun and he continued to shoot at the girl at the front desk", Knapp, 19, told Reuters TV.

He wrote on Twitter, "We must find a way to stop the senseless and many times preventable killings that are robbing our country of innocent lives". No other information on them was immediately known. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are on scene. "There is a lot of bad in this world, but there is also a lot of good and people will help", she said.

Kelly has a large tattoo on his left arm memorializing the Las Vegas shooting, which killed 58 people. "You know, I think it's going to be something that we're going to have to come together and move past".

President Donald Trump tweeted about the tragedy Thursday morning, thanking law enforcement for their bravery.

Justin Meek, 23, had recently graduated from Thousand Oaks' California Lutheran University, school officials confirmed in a statement on Thursday. The only thing I that could have wished for is to have something better than a bar stool, ' he said.

Dean said he believed about 150 to 200 people were inside the bar at the time of the shooting. "There was an exit right next to me, so I went through that". "He looked like he knew what he was doing".

Helus was not only a 29-year sheriff veteran, but he was also a husband and father. Both were working when the shooter began firing on patrons, Laura Meek said. That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital.

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