Police have identified the man who walked into a California country music bar in the early hours of Thursday morning and opened fire, killing 12 people before taking his own life, as 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long.
The gunman — who apparently killed himself — stepped into the Borderline Bar and Grill around 11:20 pm Wednesday and coolly began shooting, witnesses said, unleashing pandemonium as terrified patrons scrambled to escape.
“He had perfect form,” bar patron Teylor Whittler told Fox News. “He looked like he knew what he was doing, he had practiced.”
Police have said Long’s motive is so far undetermined, and it appeared he targeted random people as he fired.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said police had “several contacts” with Long over the years, including a traffic accident and an incident in which he was physically assaulted at a bar in 2015.
In April this year, deputies were called to his house for a disturbance and found him “acting a little irrationally.”
“They felt he might be suffering from PTSD, the fact he was a veteran and had been in the corps,” Dean said.
“They called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialists who met with him, talked to him, and cleared him.”