What we know about Ian Long, gunman in California bar shooting

What we know about Ian Long, gunman in California bar shooting

A gunman shot 11 people inside a crowded Southern California country dance bar Wednesday, and witnesses described a chaotic scene as panicked patrons smashed windows to get out.

Helus succumbed to his wounds at a hospital, police said. "I just wanted to get down as soon as I heard the first shot go off". "They would go fishing up in the Sierras together". The shooter, a former US Marine who was believed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was killed.

It is not yet clear who the other 11 victims inside the bar are, but the Wednesday night country music event is popular with local university students.

These are the words of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housely who confirmed that their niece Alaina Housley, 18, was one of those killed in the shooting. It is also close to several other universities, including California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Pepperdine University in Malibu and Moorpark College in Moorpark. "Get out! Let's go!'" she added. "It looked like he knew what he was doing". People dropped to the floor and hid behind bar stools in stunned silence. "A friend yelled 'Everybody down!' We were hiding behind tables trying to keep ourselves covered".

'He was totally committed, he gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero.' 'It's so tragic losing Ron.

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Sheriff Geoff Dean, who is set to retire on Friday, said Long may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was known to law enforcement officials due to several unspecified "contacts" stretching back multiple years.

She later reported that a freshman from her school remained missing as of 6:30 a.m.

The gunman entered the California bar dressed in black and armed with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 28-year-old was on active duty with the marines from August 2008 to March 2013, CNN reported, citing the Department of Defense.

Dean said police had previous run-ins with Long, including a call to his home where he was acting irrationally.

Wearing a black jacket and sunglasses, the suspect shot a security guard and young female cashier before showering the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles with bullets.

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The police officer who was shot and killed was identified as Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who was labelled a "hero" for attempting to stop the incident.

She said she was part of a group of line dancers that met at the bar for a college night every Wednesday.

"He was a great man", Capt. Garo Kuredjian, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, told ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday.

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