Shooting in California engulfed at least 12 lives, including a police officer, at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
The shooting began at 23.30 local time on Wednesday about 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles, and the brawl broke out at the time when at least 200 people were inside the Borderline Bar and Grill. The place was reportedly hosting a university student night, at the time of attack.
Besides, the man who opened firing at the bar was also reportedly found dead, his identity was not cleared immediately, but has now been confirmed as Ian David Long. President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday morning and said that he was briefed on the shooting, stating the incident as “terrible”, and praising the bravery of the police officers involved.
According to reports, which emerged out from the ground zero Long was dressed in all black, and forced his way in to the bar post shooting bouncer. The suspect set the attack underway by throwing the smoke grenade in to the crowd, before wildly opening fire.
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.”
Ironically, Ventura County Sherrif’s sergeant Ros Helus, lost his life in hospital, after he tried to tackle the ongoing situation and was shot several times in the process.
According to the details, Ian David Long was a Veteran who may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Police has informed that he was an ex-Marine who had multiple run-ins with law enforcement and likely shot himself up after carrying out shooting inside the bar.
Donald Trump as a mark of honor for the victims ordered flags at half-staff on Thursday. Besides, as the news broke out surrounding the identification of the suspect, Ian David Long, a heavy police presence was observed near Long’s home.