California bar shooting: Ian David Long identified as suspect

Friday, 09 Nov, 2018

Americans woke up to another mass shooting tragedy on Thursday morning, this time in Thousand Oaks, California at a popular college student spot, Borderline Bar & Grill, which was hosting its weekly 18-and-over College Country Night.

The US has suffered from mass shootings for decades, but most of the deadliest have occurred in recent years.

Marc Brown, an ABC7 reporter, said that he has seen one dead body outside the venue which does not match the description of the suspect.

They believe he may have taken his own life but have not confirmed this. That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital. According to the bar's website, a "College Country" night was going on at the time of the shooting.

Sergeant Ron Helus is among the victims killed.

Who are the other victims?

Ventura County sheriff Geoff Dean said there are "multiple other victims of different levels of injuries".

Survivors described moments of panic and heroism. The weapon usually holds 10 rounds, plus one in the chamber, but the gunman used an extended magazine in this shooting, Dean said.

The gunman opened fire at around 11:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. CT Thursday). "Get out! Let's go!'" she added.

Dean said the suspect was found dead inside the bar with a gunshot wound, but that it was not clear who had fired that shot.

Erika Sigman, 19, was another witness. The sheriff said they have filed a search warrant for the residence. "There is a lot of bad in this world, but there is also a lot of good and people will help", she said.

The family man referred to his son as "my boy" in dozens of posts and spoke of how proud he was of Jordan. Neighbors told local news channel ABC6 that Long lived with his mother, who had expressed concern over her son's behavior.

"When he heard gunfire, he went in and that's something would expect from Ron", Kuredjian said.

Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation officers wait outside the home of the suspect in a shooting incident at a Thousand Oaks bar, in Newbury Park, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. He praised the slain officer - a close friend - as a hero: "He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price".

"That's who Ron was", said Mayorga, who retired two years ago. Officers are trained to engage and immediately try to stop the target, said Dean. A highway patrolman pulled him out and waited for scores of other officers to converge on the bar.

The gunman threw smoke bombs when he entered, perhaps to cause confusion, CBS L.A. reported.

The 23-year-old was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, and "heroically saved lives in the incident", according to the university's president, Chris Kimball. The bar is near the campus.