Thousand Oaks shooting victim, survivors lived through Vegas massacre

Erika Holt
November 10, 2018

At least one of the 12 people killed during Wednesday night's mass shooting at a California bar had survived last year's massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival, the victim's mother has confirmed.

When Long entered, people screamed and fled to all corners of the bar, while a few people threw barstools through the windows and helped dozens to escape, witnesses said.

Years after a divorce and a discharge and months after shouting brought a mental health expert to his door, Long killed 12 people at a country music bar outside Los Angeles.

The identity of the gunman is allegedly 28-year-old David Ian Long, a military veteran who apparently drove his mother's auto to the scene.

According to the Pentagon, Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013 and was a machine gunner. His marriage disintegrated during his service, with he and his wife separating in June 2011 while he was on a seven-month tour in Afghanistan. "He looked like he knew what he was doing".

There was no update on Long's motives.

"There were people hiding in restrooms, there were people hiding in attics", said Ventura County sheriffGeoff Dean.

Alexis Tait, who lost a friend in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill cries with Rachel Berg.

Seargent Ron Helus of Ventura County Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement official to arrive at the Borderline Wednesday night.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", he said.

The sheriff said Helus told her, "Hey I gotta go handle a call".

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Eric Bucshow told Fox News that Ian David Long posted on Instagram during the shooting but could not confirm what was posted as the gunman methodically shot and reloaded.

Mr Matt Wennerstron, a 20-year-old college student and regular at the bar, said the shooter fired a short-barrelled pistol that apparently had a 10 to 15-round magazine. Whitler said then she heard "Get up, he's coming!" and people trampled on each other to get out.

Nick Steinwender, who is part of the university's student government, said his friends were inside the bar when the shooting started.

"We were just at the bar, having fun, dancing", she told reporters.

Upon hearing the gunshots, he immediately grabbed people around him and brought them to the ground for cover.

Holden Harrah told CNN the gunman opened fire within seconds.

Deputies are at Long's home, seeking to serve a search warrant, Dean said.

Long was a former USA marine and neighbours said he was possibly suffering from PTSD. "Adam's been a colleague a long time". Police say he used a legally owned.45 calibre Glock semi-automatic handgun.

"He went in there to try to save people", Sheriff Dean said in a news conference. He described an incident - which seems to match the April episode mentioned by the sheriff - in which he called law enforcement to Long's house because it "sounded like he was tearing down the walls of the house, like somebody's just beating on the walls with a big hammer or something". "He went in to save other people".

TV footage showed SWAT teams surrounding the bar, with distraught revellers milling around and using their cell phones as lights from police cars flashed.

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