Victim of Thousand Oaks Massacre Survived Las Vegas Shooting

After Thousand Oaks mass shooting claims at least 12 victims relatives search for loved ones whose voices have gone silent

Several of those at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday had been through a mass shooting before - when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of country music fans in Las Vegas previous year, killing 58.

A lone gunman killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 when he opened fire on a Las Vegas country music concert in October 2017.

Authorities were also investigating whether he believed his former girlfriend would be at the bar, said one official briefed on the investigation, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

"We have had several contacts with Mr. There is blood everywhere", Sheriff Dean told reporters.

"It's devastating. It's like "welcome to hell",' resident Cynthia Ball, said about the dual disasters while she was outside the teen center serving as a shelter for evacuees".

Long was "somewhat irate". "He was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally".

Investigators have not commented on whether mental illness played a role in the rampage.

Others who knew Long said that he was prone to violence, recalling incidents dating back to high school that left them fearful long before he joined the Marines.

"They knew they had to take action and they went in and did what they had to do", the sheriff said. "He had some kind of issues". Long's mother, Colleen, posted Facebook photos of her son in his military uniform in 2010 and 2011. He and his wife separated in June 2011, while he was deployed on a seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

"He had flawless form", bar patron Teylor Whittler told Fox News. "So he knew what he was doing, and he also had flawless form".

Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifying and familiar scene when bullets started flying at the bar, too.

"Guy, run! He's coming out this door", Knapp can be heard saying.


Witnesses of the tragedy revealed they only managed to escape in the split-seconds when Long was reloading.

The sheriff said Long drove to the bar and shot an unarmed security guard who was standing outside before opening fire at random inside. Neither he nor his son were physically injured in the attack, but he said the mental scars will linger for some time.

"I already didn't wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time", Kelly said outside his home in Thousand Oaks.

"As soon as I identified where the target was, or where the threat was, I grabbed at least two people around me and yanked them as hard as I could to the nearest exit", he said.

TV footage showed SWAT teams surrounding the bar, with distraught revellers milling around and using their cell phones as lights from police cars flashed.

The mother of one of the 12 victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at a southern California bar demanded gun control in the wake of her son's death.

"13 people, at this time, have been reported dead".

But by the time the gunman was done, 12 people, including a police officer, lay dead.

Helus was one of the first two law enforcement officers to arrive shortly after 11:20 p.m.

Trump also ordered the United States flag at the White House and other government buildings to be flown at half-staff.

"Only thing I can attribute it to is God", he told KABC on Thursday, "his protective hand over me that night on October 1 (last year in Las Vegas), and last night".

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