The gunman who killed 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy at a country music event in Thousand Oaks Ca, has been identified as 28-year-old and Marine veteran Ian David Long. The shooting took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill Wed. night. The weapon appears to be a .45 caliber handgun with an extra capacity magazine. Witnesses said the gunman also used smoke bombs. Sheriffs estimated 150-200 people where at the bar and that another 10-15 were injured. The shooter apparently shot himself.
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(Reuters) – The man suspected of killing 12 people in a bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a decorated Marine Corp machine gunner deployed in Afghanistan who had several prior brushes with law enforcement, police and Marine officials said on Thursday.
Ian David Long, who also died in the attack late Thursday, was 28 years old and lived in Newbury Park, a prosperous suburb of Californian bungalows and tidy front lawns, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Borderline Bar & Grill where the shooting took place.
Long joined the Marines in 2008 and rose to the rank of corporal before leaving active service in 2013, Joseph Butterfield, a Marine spokesman, wrote in an email.
He served in the war in Afghanistan for seven months beginning in late 2010, the Marine Corp said, and was awarded multiple ribbons, commendations and medals.
It was not immediately clear what Long did after leaving active duty.