California bar shooting: Ian David Long identified as suspect

In this image taken from video police officers and FBI agents run at the scene of a shooting

In this image taken from video police officers and FBI agents run at the scene of a shooting

When deputies arrived at the scene, shots were still being fired, Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said at a news conference.

Authorities haven't identified what motivated Long to open fire during college night at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, around 40 miles (64 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles. But a mental health professional who spoke with Long said he did not believe Long needed to be hospitalized.

Mr Dean said the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of a beating at a bar.

By the time they entered the bar again, the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.

"Hope has sustained communities, very much like Thousand Oaks, through the exact same triages of mass shootings", said Andy Fox, the city's outgoing mayor.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said late Wednesday that it was still "a very active scene". "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that. As you know, these are ongoing investigations and that information will come out as soon as we are able to determine exactly who the suspect was and what motive he might have had for this horrific event".

Kuredjian confirmed that a police officer was shot and had been taken to hospital.

Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer, who hasn't been publicly named, were on scene within minutes, and were the first responders to fearless their way into the bar, darkened by a smoke bomb set off by Long.

"They found 11 victims that had been killed", said Dean of the first response unit before detailing that the death of Helus brought the toll to 12, not including the gunman.

Authorities said the.45 caliber Glock handgun used in the shooting was legally purchased.

"Great bravery shown by police", Trump tweeted.

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Mourners outside a reception centre for families of victims.

Miriah Piasecki said two of her best friends were killed.

"We must find a way to stop the senseless, and many times preventable killings that are robbing our country of innocent lives", Nadler tweeted.

The witness, who escaped unharmed with his stepson, said he saw the gunman shoot multiple people.

"I heard shots", he told CBS in an interview, "and that's not a noise you mistake for anything else."

The sheriff said Helus told her, "Hey I gotta go handle a call".

Customer Matt Wennerstrom, 20, told several news outlets that once he saw the shooter open fire, he quickly ushered people behind a pool table.

"It's a gun culture", he said.

"A gentleman walked in the front door and shot the girl that was behind the counter". "I just started hearing these big pops". "There was probably three or four". I hit the ground. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. "If he talks, just acknowledge him, don't go into conversation with him, '" Don MacLeod said Thursday.

At least 10 people are known to have been wounded. They determined that he was not an immediate danger to himself or others and that he could not be involuntarily taken to a mental hospital.

"I tried to get as many people to cover as I could", Knapp said. But I've learned, it doesn't matter what community you're in, it doesn't matter how safe your community is. "It can happen anywhere".

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