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Dead, Including Sheriff Deputy & Gunman, in Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks

Dead, Including Sheriff Deputy & Gunman, in Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks

The official - who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity - would not give additional details on what the 28-year-old former Marine posted on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Another photo from 2014 shows Ian Long with his arm draped around his mother in front of Dodger Stadium.

Gunman Long (left and right) was a machine gunner in the Marines Corps and served until 2013 when he was given honorable discharge.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, described the gunman as "a very sick puppy" who had "a lot of problems".

Investigators have not commented on a motive for the rampage or whether mental illness played a role.

"Sergeant Helus was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds".

His first move as he entered the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks was shoot the bouncer.

The dead also included a man who had survived last year's massacre in Las Vegas, Telemachus Orfanos, 27. "I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts", his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, said Thursday.

The elder Coffman said today he told his son not to drink and drive and that the last thing he said to him was: "I love you".

Another person who was at the Borderline Bar & Grill during the shooting and was also in Las Vegas when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured 851 more by opening fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, was Dani Merrill.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had "been fully briefed on the awful shooting", the latest chapter in America's epidemic of gun violence that came just 10 days after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.




Trump touted his efforts to fund PTSD among veterans but he declined to engage on questions on whether the nation needed stricter gun control laws.

Long's high school track coach said he physically assaulted her his senior year, but she never filed charges. But 13 months later, another mass shooter killed him.

"I don't know how, I don't know how", he said, before breaking into tears as he held onto his father-in-law.

Family members of possible victims or survivors of the shooting gathered at a teen centre in Thousand Oaks for news of loved ones. Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident.

Orfanos said she would refuse to accept the toothless condolences typical after mass shootings in the U.S.

"I saw him point to the back of the cash register ... and he just kept firing".

"He was just a great guy, a gentle soul", Buschow said.

Thousand Oaks is a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles from Los Angeles.

The tragedy stunned a community that is annually listed as one of the safest cities in America.

In this image made from aerial video, police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, early Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.


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