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🔫 A little more profiling of the Thousand Oaks Shooter
« Reply #375 on: November 08, 2018, 04:59:34 PM »

After Thousand Oaks shooting, picture emerges of a troubled ex-Marine known to authorities
By Matt Hamilton , Jaclyn Cosgrove , Hannah Fry  and Ruben Vives
Nov 08, 2018 | 4:35 PM
After Thousand Oaks shooting, picture emerges of a troubled ex-Marine known to authorities

Sheriff's deputies wait outside the home that shooting suspect Ian David Long shared with his mother in Newbury Park early Thursday. (Sean Greene / Los Angeles Times)

Before he opened fire at a Thousand Oaks bar, killing 12 people Wednesday night, authorities said, Ian David Long was known among former roommates and neighbors in Newbury Park as an ex-Marine who appeared to be wrestling with mental health problems.

Dressed in black, Long, 28, made the five-mile drive from his home to Borderline Bar and Grill, where he tossed smoke bombs and rained bullets on a crowd of 150 to 200 people about 11:20 p.m., law enforcement officials said.

Authorities said Long carried out the attack armed with a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun, which he purchased legally in Simi Valley but had apparently modified with an extended magazine.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in an office inside the bar. Authorities suspect he turned the gun on himself after the massacre. Officials have not determined Long’s motive in the attack.

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Dean said his department had several encounters with Long, most recently in April when deputies responded to his home for a complaint of disturbing the peace. At the time, they said Long was irate and acting irrationally.

The crisis team called in to evaluate him discussed whether he might have post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, based on his military service. They concluded that he did not present enough of a danger to himself or others to be taken into custody.

Tom Hanson, a 70-year-old neighbor, said he was the one who called police after overhearing Long breaking things in the house. Hanson was worried that Long would hurt himself.

“I am not surprised, but I’m shocked,” Hanson said Thursday about the shooting.
Thousand Oaks gunman was ex-Marine who may have had PTSD, sheriff says »
(Kyle Kim, Lorena Iniguez Elebee, Shaeffer Grubb / Los Angeles Times Graphics)

Neighbor Richard Berge, 77, said Long was known to kick holes in the walls of the ranch-style home on Fowler Avenue he shared with his mother.

“She’s a very sweet woman, but she had a lot of problems with the son,” Berge said. “I just know he tore the house up.”

The sheriff said Long’s only other interactions with his deputies involved a traffic ticket and a 2015 battery at a different Thousand Oaks bar where Long was the victim.

On Thursday morning, a green light in a decorative fixture next to the garage of Long’s three-bedroom home illuminated the driveway as authorities huddled outside. The light is commonly used to honor military veterans.

Long served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008 to 2013 and was a machine gunner. He trained at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County before he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010, where he experienced combat.

He was awarded standard military honors as well as the Combat Action Ribbon, which is given to service members who are fired upon by — or fire at — the enemy. In 2011, he attained the rank of corporal.

Long received two administrative disciplinary actions for shoplifting at a store on base early in his military service, but he was honorably discharged in 2013, according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Long’s last post was at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii.

For much of his time in the Marines, Long was married, but he and his then-wife filed jointly for divorce in May 2013 in Ventura County, according to court records. The divorce was finalized eight months later.

After leaving the military, Long enrolled the same year at Cal State Northridge, where he studied athletic training.

Blake Winnett, a set builder from Simi Valley, said he lived with Long for about two years after they met in 2013. They roomed together in Simi Valley and later in Reseda while Long attended college.

Winnett recalled his former roommate as quiet — almost reclusive, keeping to himself and adhering to routines.

“He wasn’t outgoing or talkative,” Winnett said. “He kept to himself, always had his earbuds in. He went to the gym, went to class or rode his motorcycle.”

Winnett said he would sometimes coax his hesitant roommate into going out and grabbing a drink at various watering holes in Los Angeles and around Simi Valley.

Long, he said, occasionally went to Borderline, but the bar’s Western vibe wasn’t really his scene.

"He’s not really a country guy,” Winnett said.

Long was known to keep a handgun at the home he and Winnett shared with a few other roommates. It didn’t strike Winnett, a gun owner himself, as unusual.

Winnett said Long had his share of quirks. Sometimes, he would stay in the San Fernando Valley home’s garage in sweltering heat, listening to electronic dance music and dancing alone.

“He did it all by himself. Maybe he was just embarrassed by it? But he’d be in the garage for an hour, 100 degrees outside and in the middle of the day,” he said.

Winnett said Long also experimented with molly, a well-known club drug, and took painkillers after a motorcycle accident on a freeway around 2015 that left him with injuries to his arm.

On Thursday morning, Winnett was wrestling with his memories and phoning old roommates to make sense of what happened. Winnett, who last spoke to Long a year ago, said he couldn’t see Long carrying out such a massacre.

However, another former roommate, who requested anonymity to protect her privacy, said it seemed evident that Long had some PTSD and wasn’t happy about his time in the military. Long’s personality, she said, changed after the motorcycle crash. The accident required Long to undergo surgeries and left him unable to exercise, she said.

“He started taking pills for his pain, and he was just not the same. His demeanor definitely changed. I didn’t know if it was due to the accident itself and the pain, or the pills,” she said. “He had a character change and was more isolated.”

While it’s unclear whether Long was ever diagnosed with PTSD, experts say people with the condition are about three times more likely to commit an act of violence than those without any mental disorder, said Jeffrey Swanson, a psychiatry professor at Duke University School of Medicine who studies the link between mental illness and violence. That risk of violence jumps sharply in people with PTSD and a substance-use problem, he said.

“Violent behavior is complex…. It’s a whole cocktail of factors that come together,” Swanson said. “It’s difficult to predict for that reason.”

Long’s roommates said his mother would often come over to assist her son as he recovered. As an only child, they said, Long was close to his mother. Court records show his parents divorced in 1991 when Long was a year old.

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After Long left the residence in Reseda, he moved in with his mom.

He left Cal State Northridge in 2016 without graduating, according to the university.

Long continued receiving mail at his old place — from the Department of Motor Vehicles, from CSUN — and the ex-roommate would call, text and Facebook message Long, but he never responded.

The woman wonders if she could have done more.

“In retrospect, should I have done something?” she said. “I did think to myself, I remember vocalizing this, ‘If I know anyone that might become a shooter, it would be Ian.’ I don’t think it’s normal to spend nine months in a room, which is what he did after the motorcycle accident. He’d go to his kitchen, his bedroom and that was it.”

Neighbors said arguments between Long and his mother quickly began to break out in their quiet neighborhood after he moved back.

Donald J. MacLeod, 79, and his wife were about to go to sleep late one night last year when the couple heard arguing behind their home from the Longs’ residence. There was shouting, cursing and dogs barking.

“All of sudden I heard a gunshot,” MacLeod said. “I told my wife to leave the lights out, don’t get near the wall, a bullet could go through the stucco.”

As he made his way to the backyard, he noticed the neighbors’ home. The lights went out.

“Everything was quiet,” he said.

MacLeod said he would hear arguments between Long and his mother when Long was a teen, but those fights became increasingly volatile after he returned from the military. Sometimes there would be two or three in a day, with Long shouting profanity at his mother.

“A lot of adjectives I can’t and won’t repeat,” MacLeod said.

Before he enlisted in the military, Long was among Newbury Park High School’s class of 2008, according to a local newspaper’s list of graduates. He was a reserve outfielder on the varsity baseball team during his junior year after he transferred to the school from El Modena High School in Orange County.

Scott Drootin, who coached Long on the Panthers in 2007, said he was a very quiet teen who mostly kept to himself. Long spoke about plans to join the military after high school and often wore an Army jacket, Drootin recalled.

“He was respectful,” Drootin said. “He wasn’t a very happy kid. I always try to make kids smile, and he never did. He was kind of a loner.”

In recent years, neighbor Nick Dichirico said he was lucky to get a hello from Long whenever he saw him. Dichirico knows those who live around Long’s home, and he regularly talks to them while walking his dog.

“He was one person that wouldn’t talk to anybody,” Dichirico said. “Everybody around here knows everybody, and everybody knows what’s going on, and this is a surprise to wake up to this morning.”

Times staff writers Javier Panzar, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, Anh Do, Joe Serna, Eric Sondheimer and David S. Cloud contributed to this report.

4:35 p.m.: This story was updated with interviews from neighbors and additional details.

1:15 p.m.: This story was updated with interviews from Long’s former roommates.

11:40 a.m.: This story was updated throughout with additional details.

This article was originally published at 9:45 a.m.

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What are the chances?: Vegas massacre survivor dies in California bar shooting
« Reply #376 on: November 09, 2018, 09:22:16 AM »

Las Vegas massacre survivor dies in California bar shooting
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By Ryan Gaydos | Fox News

Mom of bar victim: I don't want prayers, I want gun control

Distraught mother makes an emotional plea after her son is killed at California's Borderline Bar & Grill.

A California man who escaped the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival in October 2017 was one of the 12 people murdered a little more than a year later in another mass shooting at a country music venue.

Telemachus Orfanos was at Borderline Bar & Grill, a Thousand Oaks establishment packed Wednesday for "college country night," when former Marine and Afghanistan war veteran Ian David Long entered the bar, deployed a smoke device and, without a word, began gunning down patrons.

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Orfanos, 27, was a military veteran, too, having served in the U.S. Navy from 2011 to 2014. He moved back to California to stay with his parents after he finished his service and, at the time of Wednesday's shooting, he was working for a car dealership.

On Oct. 1, 2017, Orfanos was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman perched inside a Mandalay Bay hotel room overlooking the concert venue rained down a hail of gunfire on the helpless hundreds below. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more before he killed himself. Even 13 months later, investigators have yet to definitively detail a motive for the massacre.

Orfanos made it out alive that night, and, on Thursday morning, his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos was hoping her son had been lucky again.

She made a desperate plea for gun control to reporters at the scene.
Telemachus Orfanos, a Las Vegas massacre surivor, who was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at a California bar.

Telemachus Orfanos, a Las Vegas massacre surivor, who was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at a California bar. (Facebook)

“I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts,” she told reporters. “I want those b-------- in Congress -- they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn't come home.”

Governor-elect Gavin Newsom lamented the violence during a public appearance Thursday, the Democrat's first since winning his election Tuesday.

“It's a gun culture,” he said. “You can't go to a bar or nightclub? You can't go to church or synagogue? It's insane is the only way to describe it. The normalization, that's the only way I can describe it. It's become normalized.”

Orfanos’ father, Mark Orfanos, said the shooter -- who officials indicated may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder --  “was probably as much of a victim as everybody else.”
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“I’m not gonna vilify this kid because he's got parents that are grieving, too,” Mark Orfanos said. “And I feel sorry for them as well. Until I find out particularly what the specifics are with this kid who did the shooting I’m not gonna be vilifying him.”

He also echoed Newsom in blaming “gun culture.”

“How ironic that my son should be killed this way,” Orfanos said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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🔫 Live updates as mass shooting takes place at two Christchurch mosques
« Reply #377 on: March 15, 2019, 12:52:41 AM »
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Live updates as mass shooting takes place at two Christchurch mosques leaving multiple casualties, refresh for latest updates.

7:10pm: Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has spoken to John Campbell this evening.

"We need to come together and care for each other, we need to make this unite us, not divide us."

6:55pm: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has just spoken on the attacks.

"We grieve we are shocked appalled and outraged as we stand here and condemn the attack that occurred today by an extremist right wing violent terrorist.

"In a vicious attack that has claimed so many New Zelander's."

He gave his heartfelt sympathies to all of the New Zealand people and all those of Islamic faith in Australia and New Zealand.

6:50pm: The lock down at Christchurch Hospital has now been lifted as police get control over what has been a, "fluid situation".

6:47pm: Sommerville St in Dunedin has been cordoned off by heavily armed police.

Police have not confirmed if the cordon is related to the mosque attacks.

6:40pm: St Peter's Anglican Church in Wellington is holding a vigil at 7pm tonight.

6:23pm: Latest update from St John: St John has transferred multiple patients to Christchurch Hospital and local medical facilities.

Patient injuries ranged from minor through to those with critical gun shot wounds.

There have been multiple fatalities.

6:31pm: With everyone on edge, police say they are in attendance at an incident in Britomart, Auckland where a bag has been located unattended.

6:12pm: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is currently in a high level briefing and will address the country at 7pm.

6:01pm: An update from Christchurch Airport over flights.

5:56pm: Reaction to the shootings from All Black and devout Muslim Sonny Bill Williams.

5:55pm: Police can now confirm the lock down of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted.

5:39pm: An Australian police source has named the gunman as Brenton Tarrant from Grafton New South Wales.

5:31pm: Police Commissioner Mike Bush says three men and one woman have now been arrested over the attacks at two mosques.

Police cannot say how many fatalities there are, but there have been a "significant number" of deaths.
‘Four in custody’ following mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch

Police Commissioner Mike Bush briefed media just a couple of hours following the shooting which injured dozens.

It cannot yet be confirmed that everyone involved in the attacks have been apprehended.

There were a number of improvised explosive devices found in vehicles after the shootings.

5:25pm: Another eyewitness has told 1 NEWS the gunman herded people into a corner of one of the mosques involved in the shooting and "continued to fire".

5:15pm: Thousands of children remain in lockdown at schools across Christchurch.

One school principal has emailed parents to say approximately 750 pupils at the school on the outskirts of Christchurch, are still in lockdown and will remain that way till at least 5:30pm

5:03pm: The next Test match between Bangladesh and the Black Caps has been cancelled in the wake of the shootings.

5:01pm: 1 NEWS understands the person behind the shooting is an Australian citizen.

It is not yet known if there was more than one person involved in the attack.

4:46pm: Terrifying footage has emerged of the gunman livestreaming the shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Ave.

4:45pm: Air New Zealand has released a statement around travel to Christchurch.

"We are deeply saddened by the shooting tragedy in #Christchurch city and our thoughts go out to all those involved.

"We are offering flexibility to anyone booked to travel to or from Christchurch today."

4:25pm: People are warned to stay away from mosques around New Zealand until further notice.

Footage has also emerged of a man being arrested near a crashed white SUV in Christchurch.
The moment Christchurch mass shooting suspect is arrested by police

A man is in police custody after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch today. Source: Supplied

4:15pm: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms there are multiple locations involved in the Christchurch shootings and calls it "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’ – Jacinda Ardern condemns Christchurch mass shooting

The Prime Minister spoke in a press conference following the shooting at two Christchurch mosques this afternoon.

Ms Ardern says the incident is still "potentially unfolding" and warns people to stay safe while offering her condolences to victims and those effected by the tragedy.

"This violence has absolutely no place in New Zealand this is not who we are.

"This has occurred in a place where people should be safe and they weren't."

4:00pm: Latest update from police: There have been multiple fatalities, there is still an active shooter scenario playing out.

One person is in custody and there have been people killed in two mosques, one on Deans Ave and one in Linwood.

3:53pm: Security Analyst Paul Buchanan says he has seen the gunman's manifesto and the shooting is "clearly a case of a white supremacist".

He says the shooter would likely have had support in carrying out the attack.

3:49pm: There are unconfirmed reports at least nine people have been killed in the attack.

3:47pm: Another eyewitness has talked to 1 NEWS about the harrowing incident.

"The gunman came through the main entrance, everyone ran to the back doors to save themselves, people hid under cars and jumped the fence to escape.

"I hid at a house next to the mosque and the firing went on and on.

"I saw a guy reloading and changing a gun then start firing again."

3:40pm: Police in Auckland are sending officers to all mosques in the region as a precaution.

3:30pm: A Christchurch courier driver says he heard gunshots going off within the Linwood Mosque for 45 seconds to a minute before coming "within spitting distance" of another gunman "spraying bullets" outside.

This is a different mosque than the confirmed shooting at Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Ave.

1 NEWS is attempting to confirm the reports of this second incident.

3:26pm: 1 NEWS understands more than 30 people have been brought into the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital.

There were hundreds of people in the mosque at the time of the incident and one witness says he saw a man enter the mosque with an automatic rifle, who was shooting for 10-15 minutes.

The man was reportedly wearing a black helmet.

3:25pm: Latest update from St John: St John was notified of a firearms incident in Central Christchurch at 1.53pm Friday afternoon.

We have approximately 20 emergency ambulances and operational vehicles at scene providing support and will continue to update you as information comes to hand.
More victims, including children, arrive at hospital following Christchurch mosque shooting

Ambulances continue to arrive with the victims. Source: 1 NEWS

3:20pm: Leader of the National Party Simon Bridges has tweeted about the incident.

3:10pm: What we know so far:

At least one gunman opened fire at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Ave around 1:40pm.

Witnesses heard multiple gunshots, some saying up to 100 and there are multiple casualties.

Much of Christchurch is on lockdown as police respond to an 'active shooter' situation.

2:58pm: Witness interview at the scene.
Witness of Christchurch mosque shooting saw many dead, injured

The man said he ran away from the shooter to a spot behind the mosque where he called police. Source: 1 NEWS

2:55pm: RNZ reports about 300 people were inside the Linwood mosque for afternoon prayers.

This is the second mosque where unconfirmed reports of a second shooting have emerged.

2:52pm: A witness told 1 NEWS they heard at least 20 shots at the mosque from what sounded like a semi-automatic firearm.

2:47pm: Footage at Christchurch Hospital shows multiple people arriving by ambulance on stretchers.

A man is reported to have entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Ave around an hour ago and opened fire.

2:45pm: Latest police update: "In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown."

2:42pm: The Bangladesh cricket team were filmed escaping Hagley Park near the first mosque where a shooting has taken place.
Bangladesh cricket team escapes park after shooting in Christchurch

The team were in Hagley Park and have gone back to the Oval. Source: Twitter/Mohammad Isam

2:35pm: A message from an eyewitness to 1 NEWS says: "My husband was driving past he said he took three people to the hospital, one was a little girl all had been shot.

"He wanted to take more he said there was like a dozen people just lying on the road."

2:32pm: There are multiple reports on social media that their has been a shooting at a second mosque in Linwood.

Police are yet to confirm this.

2:31pm: Linwood Ave school is also now in lockdown.

2:30pm: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being briefed on the unfolding situation and will address it shortly.

2:20pm: Witness at the scene Mohammed Nazir told 1 NEWS he saw three women shot and bleeding on the ground outside the mosque.

He rang police for help and climbed a wall to escape.

He had to run in terror in his socks leaving his shoes behind to get to safety.

2:18pm: Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

2:15pm: Armed police have been deployed to the area according to police, no reports on injuries at this stage.

2:05pm: Police are asking people to "please avoid the Deans Avenue area" saying they will give more information soon.

2:04pm: A witness told Stuff she heard 20 gunshots and saw three people lying on the ground near a mosque on Deans Ave.

2:00pm: Three Schools around Hagley Park including Girls High and Christ’s College are in lockdown.

‘It was mayhem’ – 1 NEWS reporter describes the scene of fatal mosque shooting in Christchurch
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