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Gunman Posted to Social Media While Shot Victims in Borderline Bar & Grill

Posted Friday, November 9, 2018 - 4:40 pm

By Victoria Talbot

Ian David Long, 28, a former Marine who served 2009-2011, spending seven months in Afghanistan, had a history of disruptive behavior, according to neighbors. He lived in a quietly typical community only a few miles from the Borderline Bar & Grill, where he shot 12 people before apparently turning the gun on himself Wednesday evening.

Investigators say that Long made two seperate posts amid the shooting rampage on Facebook and Instagram. The accounts have since been removed.

The message said “I hope people call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah … I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is “hopes and prayers” .. or “keep you in my thoughts” … every time … and wonder why these keep happening…”

He also said that he was “bored,” but “sane” in a separate post. 

Long is believed to have entered the bar at 11:15 p.m. Law enforcement officials do not have an exact timeline, but reports say that he walked to the back of the bar when sirens could be heard approaching and began to fire at patrons. He “took a position of cover,” say officials, prior to fatally shooting Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. After shooting Helus, officials believe he began indiscriminately shooting victims inside bathroom stalls and at least one person trying to escape through a bathroom window. 

Several of the witnesses were First Responders with Active Shooter Training; some were Paramedics or off-duty Law Enforcement. One victim had survived the Las Vegas shooting and was at the bar in a meet-up with friends who had also survived the Route 91 massacre. Many reported that they had firearms training through family in the military or law enforcement. 

Long, many speculate, may have suffered from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a result of his time in Afghanistan, but no evidence of a diagnosis or treatment has confirmed it. Some who knew him say he was always disruptive; others say there was no sign that he would become a shooter. Long was briefly married, ending in divorce upon his return from Afghanistan; he has lived in the area with his mother for the last ten years, according to reports. Police have twice been called to his house, and mental health professionals determined that he was not a danger. He was not taken into custody, and, according to some reports, he refused treatment.

He was also reported to have “loved guns.” When he was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the surge strategy in 2010 he served as a machine gunner, the Marine Corps said Thursday. His last duty station was the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division, at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He left the service with the rank of corporal. Long left the service as a decorated veteran, serving to clear large swaths of Helmand province in “one of the bloodiest periods for the Corps during its participation in the Afghan conflict,” according to the Military Times.

Among his awards are two Navy Unit Commendations, only awarded to units for “outstanding heroism in action against the enemy.” The award rates just below the Presidential Unit Citation.

He opened fire using a Glock 21 .45 caliber handgun.



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