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Ex-Marine Ian David Long identified as suspect


The gunman who massacred 12 people at a country music bar in southern California on Wednesday night has been identified as an honorably discharged ex-Marine whose neighbors say he was plagued with PTSD and terrified his own mother, DailY Mail reported.

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Ian David Long, 28, opened fire on the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11.20pm on Wednesday during its weekly College Country Night where students from nearby schools line dance and listen to music.

He threw smoke grenades to confuse the crowd and used a Glock .45 with an extended magazine to kill 11 people inside the bar, including: Sean Adler, 48; Cody Coffman 22; Blake Dingman, 23; Jake Dunham, 21; Alaina Housley, 18; Justin Meek, 23; Daniel Manrique; Kristina Morisette; Telemachus Orfanos; and Noel Sparks.

Ventura County Sheriff's sergeant Ron Helus

Long then shot sheriff's sergeant Ron Helus, a 54-year-old, 29-year veteran who was one of the first on the scene. He died in the hospital of multiple gunshot wounds.

Between 10 and 15 people remain in hospital, some with severe injuries. The mayor has appealed for blood donations.

After leaving the Marines, Long returned to California. The gunman is pictured in a 2014 picture with his mother (left) and (right) while studying at California State University Northridge where he last attended classes in 2016. He dropped out of his athletic training major in 2016 after three years.

Ron Helus' widow is escorted past a line of servicemen and women after the procession that was laid on for her husband

Jason Coffman (right) cried as he confirmed that his son Cody was one of those killed in the shooting. He said the last thing he told him was 'I love you'.

Cody Coffman

Mourners weep for Sgt. Ron Helus as his body is driven in a procession from the hospital where he was taken after the shooting

Via Daily Mail

My view: Ban your Guns, that's the only solution that'll end the massacre. Gun control will never be a complete solution to events like this, the only thing that will absolutely reduce gun violence is a complete gun ban.