Suspect In Thousand Oaks Mass Shooting Identified As Marine Corps Vet

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

The deceased suspect who allegedly carried out a deadly shooting Wednesday night at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, has been identified by authorities as U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ian Long, 28.

Authorities said Long shot at least 12 people, including Ventura County Deputy Sheriff Ron Helus, at Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular hangout for college students.

A witness talks to reporters outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, after a gunman barged into a large, crowded venue and opened fire late November 07, 2018, killing at least 11 people including a police officer, US police said. JAVIER TOVAR/AFP/Getty Images

A witness talks to reporters outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, after a gunman barged into a large, crowded venue and opened fire late Nov. 7, 2018, killing at least 11 people including a police officer, U.S. police said. JAVIER TOVAR/AFP/Getty Images

The shooter used a legally purchased .45-caliber handgun and a “smoke device,” an unnamed law enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times. The shooter was wearing all black and his face was obscured by a hood, witnesses said.

The suspect drove his mother’s car to Borderline Bar & Grill and did not speak before firing the first shots, according to the official quoted by the LA Times. (RELATED: 13 People Reported Dead After Shooting In California Bar)

Long, who was white, went by his middle name, reported ABC News. Authorities have not identified possible motives in the shooting.

President Donald Trump addressed the tragedy on Twitter Thursday.

“California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times,” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. “That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.”

Borderline Bar & Grill is located about 40 miles from Los Angeles, reported CNBC.

The first 911 calls about shots fired at the bar were received at 11:20 p.m. local time, according to CNBC. The gunman fired at random, according to some witnesses quoted by CNBC.

“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters in the parking lot of the Borderline Bar & Grill according to CNBC. “There’s blood everywhere.”

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