California Bar Shooting, Leaves 12 Dead

California Bar Shooting, Leaves 12 Dead

Ashley Herrera

Thousand Oaks, California- On Wednesday, November 7th twelve people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed as a gunman open fired, inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. There was about 10 to 15 others who were injured during the shooting that happened at the bar´s college night.

The suspected gunman was found dead at the scene of the bar; He was a 28-year-old Marine, known as Ian David Long. Long was using a smoke bomb and a handgun and he was dressed in all black when he went to the bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds of people into a panic.

This all happened before he apparently took his own life in the bar. As the investigation continues, it was found that Ian Long´s behavior was a result of post-traumatic stress disorder based on his military background.
When Long entered the premise he shot the guard outside the bar,  entered and starting aiming at the employers and customers. The bar was a popular hangout for students from the nearby California Lutheran University and other local schools. Several survivors said they were also at the outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas last year when a gunman in a hotel killed 58 people.

During the shooting, many people were hiding behind the pool table and men tried to shield the women with their bodies after hearing the shots firing. When the gunman was reloading his gun, people broke the glass windows to help other people escape quickly. And others tried to keep an eye on the shooter to see if he would exit the door to harm those escaping.

After the policemen entered the bar, many of the survivors were comforting others and huddled around till their parents came or were waiting to be brought home. Thousand Oaks, was one of the safest communities in its region and the shooting was an extremely rare occurrence..