A suspect shot and killed 12 bar-goers and a sheriff’s deputy at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night. According to reports, the victims were students attending a college night event at the bar. The suspect, 28-year-old Ian David Long, was a US Marine Corps veteran. He is confirmed dead.
This is breaking news. We will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.
What we know so far:
- 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy have been killed and perhaps a dozen others injured by a suspect at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
- The victims include Sgt. Ron Helus, a deputy with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and 11 people who were attending a college night event at the bar. Helus, a 29-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was one of the first officers at the scene; he was shot multiple times and died in the hospital from his injuries. He was one year short of retirement.
- Pepperdine University confirmed in a statement that it had “received reports that several [of its] students were at Borderline Bar and Grill” when the shooting began, and that the university is now working with authorities to identify and support those individuals.
- The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. In a press conference, Dean said that Long was a US Marine Corps veteran and was known to law enforcement: “We have had several contacts with Mr. Long over the years, minor offenses.”
The sheriff also described an incident in April of this year in which deputies were called to Long’s house. “He was somewhat irate” and “acting irrationally,” Dean said, but a mental health specialist who spoke with him at the time ultimately “did not feel that he was qualified to be taken” into custody at the time.
- Calls of “shots fired” first came in around 11:20 pm Pacific. Local reports say the shooter, dressed in all black, tossed smoke grenades and fired off dozens of rounds using a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun; the weapon was purchased legally and included an extended magazine. Hundreds were reportedly inside the bar at the time.
- The suspect was found dead inside the bar. Authorities believe he shot himself.
- Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean described the incident as a “tragic, tragic situation.”
- President Donald Trump tweeted early Thursday morning saying that he had been “fully briefed” on the situation and offering his condolences:
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
....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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
What we don’t know yet:
- The suspect’s motive
- If there is any connection to terrorism
- The final number of dead and injured
- The identities of all of the victims