California gunman may have stopped shooting to post online

California gunman may have stopped shooting to post online

The shooter, who has been described as a 29-year-old white man, was found dead inside of the bar.

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. An autopsy determined Long fatally shot himself, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Saturday.

The latest tragedy occurred in the popular country music bar, which was celebrating "college night" and was packed with young people from nearby universities.

Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said investigators were still interviewing witnesses, have served a search warrant at Long's home and searched the vehicle Long drove to the bar.

Dean held back tears as he commemorated Helus, who he said planned on retiring in the coming year.

A former classmate told TMZ that Long was bullied in high school because of a lazy eye, which the outlet says "affected him deeply".

Authorities haven't named all the victims of the attack.

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 U.S. in 2018. All of the injured suffered cuts, bruises and other minor injuries in frantic attempts to escape the gunfire.

The Ventura County Sheriff's office requested that the social media service preserve the communications until the posts can be subpoenaed with a search warrant or court order.

The official was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Long grew up in Thousand Oaks and several people who knew him described him in disturbing terms.

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

"Obviously, he had something going on in his head that caused him to do something like this", he said.

"Ian came up and started screaming at me that was his phone", said Colell. "He was probably the only student that I was actually scared of when I coached there".

Speaking with local reporters, Dominique Colell recalled the incident that began with a dispute over a cell phone and ended with Long groping her as he grappled with her over the phone.

Authorities at the time anxious that the 28-year-old Afghanistan war veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder but a mental health specialist concluded there were no grounds to have him involuntarily committed. Donald Macleud could hear loud arguments across his backyard fence.

"My Son is home, well sort of, back in Hawaii, soon to be in Cali come January, hooray!" she wrote on December 14, 2012.

About 18 months ago, Don and Effie MacLeod heard "an very bad argument" and what he believes was a gunshot from the Longs' property.

One neighbor told ABC News she called the police on Long once after he allegedly got into a fight with his mother.

"While I was inside I would say ...about a good 30 seconds ...he had two (magazines) that I know with him".

The mental health specialist concluded there were no grounds to have him involuntarily committed.

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