rain
Tuesday November 13th, 2018 8:25PM

California bar shooter was Marine, had mental health review

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a former military machine gunner who was interviewed by mental health specialists months ago after a neighbor reported a disturbance.

Ian David Long, 28, apparently killed himself after the Wednesday attack. He had joined the Marines and gotten married young. Within several years, he left the military and divorced, later enrolling in a university and most recently living with his mother.

Long's service began when he was 18 and lasted nearly five years, including a seven-month tour in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 2013.

In April, a neighbor called authorities to report loud noises coming from the house that Long shared with his mother in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood of well-manicured lawns and homes.

Deputies found Long "was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally" and called in a mental health specialist, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. That specialist assessed Long but concluded he couldn't be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation.

"The mental health experts out there cleared him that day," Dean told reporters Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Wednesday night massacre.

They also were concerned that Long might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Dean said, "basing that (on) the fact that he was a veteran and had been in the Corps."

A next-door neighbor said he called authorities about six months ago when he heard loud banging and shouting come from Long's ranch-style home.

"I got concerned, so I called the sheriffs," neighbor Tom Hanson said outside his home Thursday as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Long's house, where an American flag flew over the garage. "I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military."

Hanson described Long as an introvert who never caused him problems and said he was "dumbfounded" by the massacre.

Authorities haven't identified what motivated Long to open fire during college night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people around 40 miles (64 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles.

The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a veteran sheriff's sergeant who was the first officer through the door. Hundreds fled in terror before Long apparently killed himself.

"Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this," Dean said.

The Marine Corps said Long earned several awards, including a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Court records show Long was married as a 19-year-old in Honolulu in June 2009, and he and his wife separated in June 2011 while he was deployed to Afghanistan. The couple cited irreconcilable differences in divorce papers filed in May 2013, two months after Long left the Marines. Their marriage officially ended that November.

California State University, Northridge, said in a statement that Long was a student, last attending in 2016, but offered no further details.

___

Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Contributing were Michael Kunzelman in College Park, Maryland; Tami Abdollah and Lolita Baldor in Washington; and Reese Dunklin in Dallas.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Marine combat veteran kills 12 in California bar shooting
Thirteen people are dead in a shooting at a Southern California country music bar, including the gunman
4:02PM ( 2 minutes ago )
The Latest: Abrams campaign says it will fight on
Stacey Abrams' campaign says it will continue to fight to get all outstanding votes counted in the Georgia governor's race and won't accept former Secretary of State Brian Kemp's declaration of victory
4:01PM ( 2 minutes ago )
Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy
A U.S. appeals court blocked President Donald Trump from immediately ending an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation, saying the administration's decision was arbitrary because it was based on a flawed legal theory
3:59PM ( 4 minutes ago )
U.S. News
The Latest: WH video appears manipulated, producer says
An independent video producer says a video tweeted by the White House appears to have been manipulated
3:38PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Record 42 Latinos to serve in Congress; 1 race undecided
More Latinos will serve in Congress next year than ever before _ at least 42, with a House race in California to be decided
3:37PM ( 27 minutes ago )
After Kansas loss, Kobach could join Trump administration
After failed bid for Kansas governor, Kobach could land next job in Trump administration
3:33PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Unknown British soldier buried before WWI 100th anniversary
British authorities have given an unknown soldier who died during World War 1 a full military, just days before ceremonies marking the centenary end of World War I.
2:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
Justice Ginsburg in hospital after fracturing 3 ribs in fall
The Supreme Court says 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital
2:20PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Procession ends for deputy killed in shooting
A hearse carrying the body of a Southern California sheriff's deputy slain in a mass shooting has arrived at the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office
2:18PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
The Latest: Notifications coming about bar dead and injured
The mayor of Thousand Oaks, California, says next-of-kin notifications are being prepared about the people who were killed and injured at the mass shooting inside a bar in the city
12:39PM ( 3 hours ago )
'Horrific scene': 13 dead including gunman at California bar
Thirteen people including a sheriff's sergeant and a gunman are dead in a mass shooting at a Southern California country dance bar
12:18PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Neighbor says suspect lived with his mother
A neighbor of the suspect in the California bar shooting says the suspect lived with his mother in a neighborhood about five miles (8 kilometers) from the bar where the shooting happened
12:15PM ( 3 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
The Latest: Abrams campaign says it will fight on
Stacey Abrams' campaign says it will continue to fight to get all outstanding votes counted in the Georgia governor's race and won't accept former Secretary of State Brian Kemp's declaration of victory
4:01PM ( 3 minutes ago )
The Latest: Shooter received honorable military discharge
U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell says the former Marine who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar and grill received an honorable discharge
3:53PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Marine combat veteran kills 12 in California bar shooting
Thirteen people are dead in a shooting at a Southern California country music bar, including the gunman
4:02PM ( 2 minutes ago )
'Cop's cop,' 22-year-old among victims of California rampage
A veteran police officer who didn't hesitate to run toward danger and a young man who eagerly awaited the birth of his first sister are among the 12 victims of a shooting at a bar in California
3:40PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17
Captain of Missouri tourist boat that sank, killed 17 people including nine from Indiana family, has been indicted
3:35PM ( 29 minutes ago )