How a night out turned into a night of horror at a bar in California

How a night out turned into a night of horror at a bar in California

California mass shooter posted to social media during bar rampage

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The former Marine who fatally shot 12 people inside a California bar posted a message on social media during the attack saying he was bored but sane, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

Ian David Long, 28, also wrote that he knew his mental state would be debated for years, law enforcement officials said.

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Long made two separate posts amid his shooting rampage at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks Wednesday night, the officials said.

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A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, declined to comment on whether anything had been posted to Facebook or Instagram. Facebook also said no story was posted on Instagram but wouldnt elaborate further, deferring to law enforcement.

California bar shooter posted to social media while inside Borderline Bar & Grill, cops say

On Thursday, Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack said: “Our hearts are with the victims and families affected by this horrendous act. Weve removed the shooters accounts from Facebook and Instagram and will remove any praise or support for the crime or the shooter as soon as were aware.”

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Investigators are still piecing together a precise timeline on the shooting that killed 12 bar employees and patrons. But its believed that Long, who was dressed in black and armed with a high-powered Glock handgun with an extended magazine, entered the Borderline Bar & Grill about 11:15 p.m.

In the Facebook posting, the source confirms the writer said, “I hope they call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yea, I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’… or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ .. every time .. and wonder why these keep happening….”

Its not exactly clear when he posted the social media messages, but law enforcement officials said that he walked to the back of the bar after hearing the sounds of police sirens and began indiscriminately firing on patrons.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow 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. The Instagram account has been taken down but it was up for several hours after the shooting — until law enforcement became aware of it.

The officials said he took a position of cover before fatally shooting Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriffs Office.

Official: Shooter debated sanity online during bar massacre

Investigators believe Long then shot additional victims inside the bathroom stalls, as well as at least one person who was trying to escape through the bathroom window, the law enforcement officials said.

Authorities said Long, a former Marine gunner who served one tour in Afghanistan, had been experiencing emotional issues.

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When authorities entered his home in nearby Newbury Park, they found evidence that he punched multiple holes in the walls, law enforcement officials said.

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Local cops were called to his home for a domestic disturbance earlier this year, authorities said. Long was found to be “somewhat irate” and “acting a little irrationally” but he wasnt taken into custody.

Of those slain, Ventura Sheriffs Sgt. Ron Helus was one of the first officers to arrive after initial reports of gunfire. Helus was a 29-year veteran of the department, with plans to retire in several years. On his way to the bar, Helus was talking on the phone with his wife, his last words to her as obtained by the Los Angeles Times were “Hon, I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call.”

Andrew Blankstein is an investigative reporter for NBC News. He covers the Western United States, specializing in crime, courts and homeland security. 


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