Thousand Oaks shooting
|Thousand Oaks shooting|
|Part of Gun violence in the United States|
|Location||Borderline Bar and Grill|
99 Rolling Oaks Drive
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
|Date||November 7, 2018 |
11:20 p.m. PST (UTC−8)
|Weapons||Glock 21 .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol|
|Deaths||13 (including the perpetrator)|
|Perpetrator||Ian David Long|
A mass shooting took place on November 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California, United States, at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a country-western bar frequented by college students. Thirteen people were killed, including a police officer and the perpetrator, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ten to twelve others were injured.
At approximately 11:20 p.m., a gunman armed with a legally purchased .45-caliber Glock 21 semi-automatic pistol with a banned high-capacity magazine shot a security guard standing outside the building. He then went inside and shot other guards and employees before moving to shoot patrons inside the bar, firing approximately 30 rounds and throwing smoke bombs. Witnesses described the gunman as a heavily tattooed white male dressed entirely in black.
With more than 200 patrons inside, the bar was hosting a regularly scheduled College Country Night event and was popular among students in the area, especially those from Pepperdine University, California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands, and Moorpark College.
Three minutes after the first 9-1-1 calls, Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer arrived at the scene. Hearing gunshots coming from the building, Helus ran inside and was immediately shot by the gunman. The Highway Patrol officer dragged Helus to safety outside, but he died from his injuries several hours later. A SWAT team and other police officers arrived on the scene shortly afterwards.
After officers entered the building, the gunman was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the kitchen area. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Department of Homeland Security were deployed to further investigate the scene. During the shooting, Long made several posts on Instagram expressing his thoughts.
Nine men and three women were killed in the shooting. Seven were college students, and one other a recent graduate. The four others killed were 54-year-old Helus; a 48-year-old bouncer; a 33-year-old Marine Corps veteran; and a 27-year-old Navy veteran who was at the 2017 Las Vegas shooting during the Route 91 Harvest festival.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean identified the gunman as United States Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long, age 28, from Newbury Park. His gun was reportedly purchased legally. While previously living with roommates in Reseda, Long was living with his mother at the time.
A high school teacher raised claims that Long had physically assaulted her as a student but was encouraged to not push the incident to not endanger his future in the Marine Corps. In her statement the teacher alleges that Long had issues long before his military service. A neighbor of Long claimed that Long suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of his time in the military. Behavioral scientist and clinical psychologist Lisa Jaycox said that it was premature to say whether Long suffered from PTSD or that it was a factor in the shooting.
Many of the survivors had to evacuate, or assisted in the evacuation due to the Woolsey Fire in the aftermath of the shooting. A vigil at Calvary Community Church, for two of their congregation, was attended by around 500 mourners. The only gun store in the town told reporters that there was an increase in individuals looking to purchase a weapon for protection on the day after the shooting. The mother of the victim who survived the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, called for gun control legislation in media interviews.
On November 15, 2018, the funeral for Helus was held. Law enforcement officers, local and state leaders including California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, as well as local citizens attended his funeral. Numerous sports teams highlighted the victims and donated money to those affected by the shooting.
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- Advisory by Ventura County Sheriff's Department for November 8, 2018 street closure for Procession of Sgt Ron Helus
- White House - Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Thousand Oaks, California