Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former United States Marine, has been identified as the suspect in the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, that left 13 people dead.
According to authorities, Long — who reportedly drove his mother’s car to the scene — entered the Borderline Bar and Grill around 11:20 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 7, and deployed a smoke bomb before he began open firing with a legally purchased .45 caliber handgun.
Police say that the murder weapon, a legally purchased Glock 21 .45 caliber handgun, was bought by Long in 2016.
At this time, while Long’s motive for the shooting remains unknown, it is understood that he suffered from PTSD.
Ian David Long Ethnicity & Nationality: What Is The Borderline Bar Mass Shooter’s Heritage?
At this time, Long’s ethnicity is unknown. Early unconfirmed reports on Twitter from people such as Paul Joseph Watson suggested that the shooter was Middle Eastern, however, those reports have since been debunked.
The only information currently known about Long is that he was a 28-year-old Marine that was living in Newbury Park, California, and legally purchased the murder weapon — a Glock 21 .45 caliber handgun — in 2016. Long served in the United States Marines for four years as a machine gunner before joining the Army Reserves.
Additionally, Long was reportedly known by police due to multiple past incidents. Sheriff Geoff Dean says that police were aware of Long due to past mental health issues, traffic infractions, and as a victim in a bar fight.
Police say that Long met with a crisis counselor last April, who decided that he didn’t need intervention under the 5150 law.
Following the tragic mass shooting, the President of the United States provided the following statement on Twitter:
“I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar….
….Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.”
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