Grief in California - mourning the Thousand Oaks massacre victims

Twelve Dead After Mass Shooting At California Bar's College Student Night

A second law enforcement official, Ventura County Sheriff's Captain Garo Kuredjian, said that - based on time stamps - the gunman apparently stopped shooting inside the bar and posted on Instagram.

The killer, Ian David Long, 28, was a former machine gunner and Afghanistan war veteran who was interviewed by police at his home last spring after an episode of agitated behaviour that authorities were told might be post-traumatic stress disorder. He's pictured (right) in a photo supplied by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

He helped pull mangled victims away from the gunfire and suffered PTSD from the experience, his father, Marc Orfanos, told The Washington Post.

Madison Cummings, an eyewitness at the bar, told Xinhua that the shooter had a beard and short black hair, wore all black and held a black handgun.

The motive for the rampage late Wednesday night was under investigation.

Several people who knew Long in the suburb of Thousand Oaks where the gunman went to high school and eventually moved back in with his mother described him in disturbing terms. But a mental health specialist who assessed Long after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about his agitated behavior last spring anxious he might be suffering from PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). Helus died at a hospital.

Anderson said numerous Borderline regulars were also at Route 91 and would wear their "Vegas Strong" shirts to the bar. "I hope he rots in hell for eternity".

His mother, Susan Orfanos, spoke about the tragedy to The New York Times, and she told the publication, "He was killed last night at Borderline".

Last year, a country music festival in Las Vegas was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had "been fully briefed on the bad shooting", the latest chapter in America's epidemic of gun violence that came just 10 days after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. But he declined to engage on questions on whether the nation needed stricter gun control laws.


Dan Manrique, 33, was a Marine veteran.

She could often hear him yelling and cursing, but several months ago, unusually loud banging and shouting prompted her husband to call authorities.

In April this year, deputies were called to his house for a disturbance and found him "acting a little irrationally".

"He made it through Las Vegas, he came home". Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident.

Police have identified Ian David Long as a suspect in the shooting.

"All of a sudden we heard the "bang, bang" of the gunshots and it just started going insane and people were pushing".

"It was this country strong family that it was just a regular thing and we were there to have fun and have a good time", he said.

Thousand Oaks, located 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is frequently named one of the safest cities in the country.

An evacuation site was at capacity at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, which had also served as a family assistance and reunification site following the shooting.

As investigators worked to figure out why an ex-Marine slaughtered 12 people at a country music bar, President Donald Trump today blamed mental illness, describing the gunman as "a very sick puppy" who had "a lot of problems".

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