Thousand Oaks mass shooting suspect was Marine, had mental health review

Share KATHLEEN RONAYNE and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Nov 8th 2018 8:43PM THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Ian David Long began his adult life by enlisting in the Marines and getting married. 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.

Long, 28, was a former military machine gunner who apparently killed himself after the Wednesday night attack in Thousand Oaks, the quiet suburb where he lived with his mother.

Neighbors said Thursday they would hear loud, aggressive fights between the two. Authorities said they visited that ranch-style house only once, in April, after a neighbor reported yelling and crashing sounds.

Deputies found Long “was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally” and called in a mental health specialist, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. That specialist assessed Long but concluded he couldnt be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation.

7 PHOTOS What we know about Thousand Oaks bar shooting suspect Ian Long See Gallery What we know about Thousand Oaks bar shooting suspect Ian Long Authorities said Ian David Long opened fire Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, at a country music bar in Southern California, killing multiple people before apparently taking his own life.

Long was a former Marine and neighbors said he may have struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said his department had several previous contacts with the suspect including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

The 28-year-old was reportedly a homebody who lived with his mother, Colleen. A neighbor also claimed that Longs mother recently confided that her son was growing "violent," according to ABC News.

Long was armed with a legally purchased .45-caliber Glock handgun with an extended magazine, according to local law enforcement officials.

Witness told local media outlets that Long was wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered.

According to court records, Ian Long was married in 2009 but the couple seperated in 2011 and divorced in 2013.

Ventura County Sheriffs deputies and FBI investigators stand outside the house of shooting suspect David Ian Long in Newbury Park, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Authorities said the former Marine opened fire at a country music bar in Southern California on Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a former military machine gunner who mental health specialists interviewed earlier this year after a neighbor reported a disturbance.

Ian David Long, 28, served in the Marines for nearly five years, including a seven-month tour in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. He left with the rank of corporal in March 2013, divorced soon after, and had been living with his mother in Thousand Oaks.

In April, a neighbor called authorities to report loud noises coming from Longs house. Deputies found Long “was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally” and called in a mental health specialist, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. That specialist assessed Long but concluded he couldnt be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation.

“The mental health experts out there cleared him that day,” Dean told reporters Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Wednesday night massacre.

They also were concerned that Long might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Dean said, “basing that (on) the fact that he was a veteran and had been in the Corps.”

A next-door neighbor said he called authorities about six months ago when he heard loud banging and shouting come from the ranch-style home where Long and his mother lived.

“I got concerned, so I called the sheriffs,” neighbor Tom Hanson said outside his home Thursday as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Longs house, where an American flag flew over the garage. “I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military.”

Hanson described Long as an introvert who never caused him problems and said he was “dumbfounded” by the massacre.

Authorities havent identified what motivated Long to open fire during college night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles.

The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a veteran sheriffs sergeant who was the first officer through the door. Hundreds fled in terror before Long apparently killed himself.

“Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this,” Dean said.

The Marine Corps said Long earned several awards, including a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Court records show Long was married in Honolulu in June 2009, and he and his wife separated in June 2011 while he was deployed to Afghanistan. The couple cited irreconcilable differences in divorce papers filed in May 2013, two months after Long left the Marines. Their marriage officially ended that November.


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