US Marine Ian David Long kill 12 at Oaks California bar shooting - Whisper Eye

US Marine Ian David Long kill 12 at Oaks California bar shooting

At least 12 people have been killed, including a police officer, at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

The shooting began at 23:20 local time on Wednesday about 40 miles (65km) north-west of Los Angeles, police say.

At least 200 people were reportedly inside the Borderline Bar and Grill, which was hosting a university student night, at the time of the attack.

Police have named the suspect as 28-year-old Ian David Long.

Officials believe the US Marine Corps veteran and local resident took his own life inside the bar.

President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning to say he been briefed on the shooting, describing it as “terrible”, and praising the bravery of the police officers involved.

I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar….

….Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times.

That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.

Police say the suspect, Ian David Long, was dressed in black, and forced his way into the bar after shooting the bouncer.

A college country music night was under way when the suspect apparently threw a smoke grenade before opening fire, witnesses say.

Police say he used a .45 calibre Glock semi-automatic handgun, which had an extended magazine that allowed it to carry more than its typical 11-bullet capacity.

An injured man told local television channel KTLA: “We just dropped to the ground, we heard a lot of screaming.

My friend is the DJ so she cut off the music, we just heard a lot of mayhem.”

 

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