Former roommate of Thousand Oaks shooter Ian Long says hes not a bad person

Former roommate of Thousand Oaks shooter Ian Long says he\s \not a bad person\

California bar gunman went from Marine to divorcee living with mom

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.

The bar, a known hot spot for country music fans, was hosting the event for people 18 and older when the shooting started at 11:20 p.m. PT (2:20 a.m. ET). Twelve people, including a Ventura County Sheriff sergeant who went inside after arriving and hearing gunfire, died and almost a dozen people were left injured.

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.

The former roommate of Borderline Bar shooter Ian David Long said he was “very shocked” to learn about Wednesdays massacre in Thousand Oaks, California, that left 12 people dead because he remembered the gunman as a good person who kept to himself.

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

Blake Winnett, who lived with Long for more than two years, said during an appearance on NBCs “Today” that he initially thought Long was one of the victims because he couldnt see the former Marine doing anything like that.

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.

“Unfortunately, he did whatever he did. And whatever reason he has for that I dont know. Im still talking to other friends trying to figure that out because Im confused. Doesnt seem like him,” said Winnett.

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.

“I want to understand this. I like the guy. I dont know why he would do something like this,” Winnett said, adding that the “government messed him up.”

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

“From what I know, he was a great person. He was just quiet, secluded,” Winnett explained, adding he never saw any red flags that made him concerned.

The PTSD-suffering ex-Marine who slaughtered 12 people at a country music bar in California on Wednesday was updating his Instagram story throughout the massacre, it has been claimed. 

Long, a former Marine, was found dead inside the bar from what authorities believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ian Long, 28, filmed himself as he opened fire on Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, holding his Glock .45 in one hand and his cell phone in the other,  according to police sources cited by TMZ. 

The footage was found on his Instagram story after he  killed himself before SWAT teams entered the building and has since been wiped from the internet along with his Instagram and Facebook account. 

On Facebook, he posted a chilling final message about gun control and how prayers and tears were not enough to stop atrocities such as the one he committed. 

His ominous social media presence has begun to emerge along with details of his life before he joined the Marines in 2008. 

According to former friends and classmates, Long was bullied at Newbury Park High School for his lazy eye and could not take jokes well. 

He hoped to be a professional baseball player but was not talented enough and did not have a good rapport with other members of the varsity team. 

Despite suffering PTSD, Long never sought help from Veterans Affairs. A VA official told DailyMail.com on Friday that he was never enrolled in any of its health programs. 

God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement, they said. 


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