• A mass shooting in a bar in California left 12 people dead; authorities say the motive was still unknown.
• Identified as Marine vet Ian Long, he used a handgun to shoot people in a country music hall.
• It was believed by authorities that he posted in social media that he hoped people will think he is insane after the shootings.
A young Marine Corps veteran rushed into a California country music dance hall and randomly gunned down 12 people. However, it is unclear to investigators what his motive was behind the attacks.
Without a word, Ian Long, 28 shot at people who were line-dancing late Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Firing a Glock .45-caliber handgun, the first shot at a security guard, then a woman at the counter. There seemed to be no indication that he was targeting employees, according to authorities.
Hours after the incident, Long was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. As families mourned for the victims some of whom were identified by CNN, police searched for clues at the home where he lived with his mother.
Defense Department records revealed that Long whose Marines unit was based in Hawaii, was a Marine corporal from 2008 to 2013, then served in Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011. He was married in 2009, but separated in 2011 and eventually divorcing in April 2013 in California. After his stint in the Marines, he went to California State University but did not complete his degree in athletic training.
Reports also said that his mother was concerned about Long, and has “lived in fear” of what her son might do.
According to Long’s friends, he liked going to the bar where he was a frequent visitor. A Facebook post believed to have been made by Long around the time of the attack was identified by authorities.
It said, “I hope people call me insane…(laughing emojis)…wouldn’t that just be a ball of irony? Yeah, I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’, or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ every time.”
A friend of Long claimed the text did not sound like his friend at all and thought that whatever Long was going through while writing must have been really terrible.
The victims included Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, 54 who was shot several times while trying to stop the gunman. Cody Coffman, 22 died protecting others. Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos, 27 who survived last year’s Las Vegas massacre, was among those who were killed.
His mother Susan demanded actions and not words saying, “I don’t want prayers, I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control.”
Although post-traumatic stress disorder was cited as a possible reason based on reports of a disturbance in Long’s home in April, he was eventually cleared. It was also noted that several of the victims had military connections.