Thousand Oaks shooter died of self-inflicted gunshot, autopsy confirms

Ian Long

Dani Merrill, who escaped from the Borderline bar when the shooting began, had also attended the 2017 Las Vegas country music festival where a gunman in a high-rise hotel opened fire and killed 58 people. The bar was packed with college students.

Police said Helus arrived about 11:22 p.m. He later succumbed to his wounds in the hospital passing early Thursday morning.

Among the dead is Sgt. Ron Helus, who worked with the Sheriff's Office for 29 years and was thinking about retirement.

The family of one of the victims, Sgt. Ron Helus, scheduled his memorial service for Thursday at a church in Westlake Village. "To save other people". "He was totally committed", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

Helus was a resident of nearby Moorpark and is survived by a wife and son, Dean said.

Berge, who took care of Long's mother's dogs, said she told him following that incident she anxious her son might take his own life but did not fear he would hurt her. He'd been looking forward to spending more time with his wife, he says, and pursuing his love of fly-fishing, watching that caddisfly gently land on the water on some peaceful stream.

Dean said Long was armed with a single handgun, a.45 caliber Glock 21, which he purchased legally. The weapon was equipped with a an extended-ammunition magazine, allowing it to hold more than the normal 10 bullets, so it's unclear how many total rounds he may have had, police said.

Ian David Long in uniform.

This "public fatigue or fatalism" is partly due to a barrage of other big events crowding out the story, and partly it's because political debate about how to address the problem is stuck, noted Robert Spitzer, political science professor at the State University of New York, College at Cortland.

Authorities undertook a search of Long's home in Newbury Park, about 5 miles from the Borderline bar, for clues to what set him off.

But a mental health specialist who assessed Long after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about his agitated behaviour last spring anxious he might be suffering from PTSD. In one instance, Colell said Long used his fingers to mimic shooting her in the back of the head as she talked to another athlete.

"I can assume he has some sort of mental issue, because no normal person would commit such an outrageous act and murder innocent people", Kuredjia said. Numerous nearby colleges and universities have closed their campuses for Thursday and have a full staff of grief counselors on hand for students that are seeking help. There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting. The classmate says a lot of those students go to that bar on Wednesday nights.

Authorities said hundreds were inside when the suspect walked in to the country-western bar with a gun and opened fire. While we rightfully look to defend the Second Amendment against those who attempt to use these tragedies to steal our freedoms, it's also proper to remember that real people are dead because of people so imbued with evil that they chose to act out this way.

Earlier, the sheriff had described it as "a horrific scene in there". Thousand Oaks teen center has opened up its doors and is acting as a family reunification center, but as the hours go on numerous families and loved ones of the missing have started to lose hope. Jason spoke to CNN.

Dr. Christopher Young, the Ventura County chief medical examiner, said his office was conducting toxicology tests to determine whether Ian David Long, 28, had any drugs in his system at the time of the shooting Wednesday at Borderline Bar and Grill. Some of his girlfriends got out. I'm sure he was there helping, shielding anybody that he could. One man standing on the roadside clutching a large American flag said, I'm here to honor this guy; Sergeant Helus probably saved many lives; it's tragic that things like this keep happening. "His phone is at the club".

The family of Justin Meek said the 23-year-old died in the shooting, California Lutheran University said Thursday.



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