Thousand Oaks shooting victim, survivors lived through Vegas massacre

Brittany Mendoza
November 11, 2018

The veteran suspected of opening fire at a Thousand Oaks, California, bar, killing 12, texted or posted to social media during the shooting, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Neighbours of Ian David Long described the man who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar as distant in public but combative with his mother inside the suburban Los Angeles home the two shared.

Former Sheriff Geoff Dean, whose last day on the job was Friday, said investigators believe Long targeted the bar but don't know why.

A second law enforcement official said that when Long was inside the bar, he apparently stopped shooting and posted to Instagram, based on the time stamps of the posts.

"The fact that he was the first in the door doesn't surprise me at all", said fellow Ventura County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Eric Buschow of Sgt. Ron Helus.

The official would not give additional details on what the 28-year-old former Marine posted on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Authorities in Thousand Oaks described an attack of military efficiency. Around 15 people, including several who were hurt "jumping out of windows, diving under tables", were also injured, he added.

So far, 328 people have died and 1251 have been injured as a result of mass shootings - incidents in which four or more people were shot or killed - in the USA in 2018.

Once he helped get people down the street to safety, Wennerstrom said he and others went back to help anyone remaining.

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I literally feared for myself around him. "If he talks, just acknowledge him, don't go into conversation with him, '" Don MacLeod said Thursday.

She said he attacked her during a practice when a cellphone was found and she was trying to see who the device belonged to. "He was probably the only student that I was actually scared of when I coached there". She relented when, at the next track meet, Long apologized in front of several coaches and administrators. Both were closed because of a destructive wildfire in the area.

FBI investigators following leads in quest to investigate the gunman's state of mind. There were rumors Long suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have swarmed the house, desperate to find the motive behind his alleged shooting rampage.

Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer, who hasn't been publicly named, were on scene within minutes, and were the first responders to courageous their way into the bar, darkened by a smoke bomb set off by Long.

Long's neighbor Richard Berge, who takes care of Long's mother's dogs, told Reuters that Long was "raving hell in the house, you know, kicking holes in the walls and stuff".

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Orfanos previously survived the Las Vegas shooting when a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival. I don't want thoughts. "And I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers".

Susan Orfanos lost her son in last week's shooting at a California bar, 13 months after the 27-year-old survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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