California shooting: Gunman revealed as US Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long

California shooting: Gunman revealed as US Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long

"Ever since my son was 3 years old, I coached him all the way up til when he played high school baseball".

The killer was identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former machine gunner and veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was interviewed by police at his home last spring after an episode of agitated behaviour that they were told might be post-traumatic stress disorder.

It is believed that Long killed himself at the bar, Dean said.

"The gunman burst through the front of the bar, shot up the front of the bar, and did his damage there", said Joe Curley, a reporter for the Venture County Star and the USA Today Network. Dean said the suspect had an extended magazine on the weapon. "Right now as far as we know there was only one handgun, but that could certainly change as we do a more thorough search of the building".

The first was Ventura County sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was shot multiple times in an exchange of gunfire with the attacker. "We haven't found any correlation", the sheriff said.

A college country music night was under way when the suspect, apparently dressed in black, entered the bar and opened fire. Dean says Helus calls his wife several times every shift, according to ABC News.

Long's only other contact with authorities came after a traffic collision and after he alleged he was the victim of a violent encounter in 2015 at another bar in Thousand Oaks, the sheriff said.

"Here are my words: I want gun control", said Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, her voice shaking with grief and rage.

Hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks when Long, armed with an uzi, unleashed a terrifying barrage of smoke bombs before opening fire and killing 12 people, leaving "blood everywhere".

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Civilians and other deputies pulled Sergeant Helus from the bar. Helus died early Thursday at a hospital.

Dozens of lives were saved during Wednesday night'sCalifornia bar shooting thanks to a hero who smashed a window to help people escape. "I gotta go on a call, '" Dean said. "He went in to save lives, to save other people", the sherriff said.

A witness told the station, "There were people in the middle dancing and just hanging out and having a good time" when "very, very loud gunshots" rang out inside.

"It sounded like fireworks or something", said witness John Hedge, according to NBC News.

"There are a few people we can't get a hold of, but in these situations, people usually turn off their phones to be safe so I'm not gonna get too anxious".

"That poor boy would come with me whether he liked it or not", he said.

"A lot of people were just running around, young kids, and I just heard the gunshots going even as I was running to the auto", Dominguez said while fighting back tears. "You don't think it's real - again", he said.

"A lot of my friends survived Route 91".

Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus was talking to his wife when calls started coming in about a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill.

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