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12 dead as trenchcoat-wearing masked gunman storms student night at country bar: Suspect kills himself after hurling smoke grenades onto dance floor and killing a cop in California
Ian David Long, 28, is the gunman who killed 12 at the Borderline Bar and Grill in California on Wednesday
Harrowing video of the Borderline Bar shooting has emerged, as it is revealed that one of the many Las Vegas shooting survivors present in the bar was among the 12 people slain.
The sickening video shows ex-Marine Ian Michael Long, 28, stalking through the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday, firing off shot after shot.
Haze from smoke grenades that Long used to disorient the victims fills the air, and the bar is eerily silent except for the sound of shattering glass and the shots from a Glock .45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine.
What appears to be the gunman can be glimpsed for an instant before the witness holding the camera manages to bolt from the bar out a side door.
'I looked him in his eyes while he killed my friends,' wrote Dallas Knapp, the witness who shot the video.
'I hope he rots in hell for eternity. The guy you see is the murderer and the shots are him shooting people trying to get out the windows.'
Telemachus Orfanos was among those killed before the shooter turned the gun on himself.
Like others who gathered at Borderline for country music night regularly, Orfanos was a survivor of the October 1, 2017 shooting massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, where 58 died and hundreds were injured.
Orfanos, an Eagle Scout who had served in the Navy, was working at the bar when he was killed.
Telemachus Orfanos (far left and right above) was a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting, but was killed at the Borderline bar
Brendan Kelly, a Marine who was at Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night, shows his Route 91 tattoo. Like many at the bar on Wednesday, Kelly also survived the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in 2017
Other victims inside the bar included: Sean Adler, 48; Cody Coffman 22; Blake Dingman, 23; Jake Dunham, 21; Alaina Housley, 18; Justin Meek, 23; Daniel Manrique; Kristina Morisette; Telemachus Orfanos; and Noel Sparks.
Long then shot sheriff's sergeant Ron Helus, a 54-year-old, 29-year veteran who was one of the first on the scene. He died in the hospital of multiple gunshot wounds.
Between 10 and 15 people remain in hospital, some with severe injuries. The mayor has appealed for blood donations, and hundreds responded by turning out to donate.
Survivors used bar stools to smash windows to climb out of and some hid beneath pool tables. One woman ran into the kitchen and was told by staff to climb a ladder into the attic.
According to survivors, Long was dressed in all-black, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask covering the bottom part of his face.
Before SWAT teams entered the building, Long took his own life in an office inside. He used a legally purchased .45 caliber handgun to carry out the attack and had modified its magazine so it could hold more rounds.
Long served in the Marines as a machine gunner for five years between 2008 and 2013, during which time he was decorated with 10 medals and toured Afghanistan.
Gunman Long (left and right) was a machine gunner in the Marines Corps and served until 2013 when he was given honorable discharge. He was deployed once to Afghanistan and received 10, standard-issue medals during his service
A shirtless man and two others carry an injured person out of the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night after Long opened fire at 11.20pm. Eleven people inside the bar were killed along with a cop who was one of the first on the scene. Long then took his own life in an office inside the building
Cody Coffman's father Jason confirmed his 22-year-old son was among the 12 dead victims.
The distraught father rushed to the bar after hearing news of the shooting and calls to his son's cellphone went unanswered. Jason used a tracking app on his son's phone and it indicated the device was still inside the venue.
He said he spoke to his son just before he went to the bar Wednesday night.
'The first thing I said was 'Please don't drink and drive.' The last thing I said was 'Son, I love you',' he said.
Cody had plans to go into the military and was speaking with U.S. Army recruiters.
Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus
Ventura County Sheriff's sergeant Ron Helus, 54, was first on the scene of the shooting on Wednesday night.
Ventura County Sheriff's sergeant Ron Helus
Helus was shot multiple times as he and a California Highway Patrol officer exchanged fire with the gunman inside the bar.
He was a 29-year veteran of the department. He was speaking to his wife Karen when he received the call about a mass shooting.
The last thing he said to her was: 'Hon, I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call'.
Alaina, the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, also died in the shooting.
Her suitemate at Pepperdine University had earlier posted photos on Twitter saying that the freshman was missing.
Alaina's Apple Watch and iPhone appeared to still show her location as inside the bar. She was at the bar with several friends who have all been accounted for.
'My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief,' Mowry-Housley wrote in a tribute to her niece on Instagram.
'It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano.
'Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game.
'I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel.'
Justin Meek was identified as one of the slain victims by his family and his former college.
The 23-year-old, who was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, worked at the Borderline Bar and organized the college night event.
Meek is believed to have heroically saved lives as the shooting unfolded, according to university president Chris Kimball.
During college, he worked in the school's veteran resource office and often worked with the Veterans Club to plan events and help veteran students.
Meek also loved singing in choir and took part in the school's Kingsmen Quartet.
He planned to join the US Coast Guard.
'Justin was a criminal justice and criminology major who had a passion for doing what was right,' Jenn Zimmerman, Cal Lutheran's veterans coordinator, said in a statement.
'I’m not shocked he took action to protect the people at Borderline.'
He was a wrestling coach who had only recently opened a coffee shop in the local area.
Justin Meek (left) and Sean Adler (right)
Noel Sparks, a 21-year-old student at Moorpark College, was also confirmed dead. The United Methodist Church in Westlake Village, of which she was a member, posted condolences to her parents on Facebook.
Sparks' friends had been in tears throughout the day as they desperately searched for her in the aftermath of the shooting.
Blake Dingman, 21, was identified by his girlfriend as a victim of the mass shooting.
'My sweet Blake... my heart is hurting more than words can say. I cannot believe you’re gone. I am so grateful for our little infinity and all of our deep talks, cuddles, late nights, and adventures,' she wrote in a tribute.
'I am so incredibly grateful for every moment we spent together. God brought us together for a reason and I will hold our memories in my heart forever. I love you with all of my heart my sweet boy and my angel.'
Noel Sparks (left) and Blake Dinghma (right)
Borderline employee Telemachus Orfanos was also among those confirmed dead.
Orfanos was an Eagle Scout who served in the Navy. Friends said that he was a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting massacre in Las Vegas last year, in which 58 died.
Survivors of the Las Vegas shooting regularly gathered in the Borderline bar for country music night as a way of offering mutual support and healing.
Orfanos' social media indicates he attended the local Thousand Oaks High School and Moorepark College.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Morisette worked as the cashier at Borderline Bar and Grill. Family members confirmed that she died in the shooting.
She attended Simi Valley High School.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Manrique, 33, was a Marine veteran.
'He had spent his entire adult life, post military service, helping veterans readjust to civilian life and had just recently accepted a position with Team RWB as the Pacific Regional Program Manager,' family member Gladys Manrique Koscak wrote in a tribute on Facebook.
'I have no doubt that he died a hero, shielding others from gunshots. He will forever be our hero, son, brother, and the best uncle anybody could ever ask for,' she said.
'It's the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened,' Nick Champion told OnSceneTV. 'I was in the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, as well as probably 50 or 60 others who were in the building at the same time as me tonight.'
Champion and his friends were inside country music bar Borderline Bar and Grill for student night Wednesday, when ex-marine Ian Long, 29, stormed in, shooting dead 12 before turning the gun on himself.
He and other Las Vegas survivors considered Borderline a 'place of healing' and gathered at the same bar for a memorial on a student night earlier this year. The group of survivors posed in front of a Borderline sign while holding a Route 91 Harvest banner.
'It's a big thing for us. We all are a big family, and unfortunately, this family got hit twice,' Champion said.
The Las Vegas shooting became the worst in modern American history when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire through the windows of his suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel which overlooked the country music festival - an event that attracted many of the same audience as those at Borderline.
'A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,' Chandler Gunn told the Los Angeles Times. 'There's people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there's people that have seen it twice.'
Paddock's motives in the Las Vegas shooting were never determined by investigators, while in California the probe into what motivated Long to senselessly kill 12 is just beginning.
Champion and other survivors held a Route 91 Harvest banner at Borderline earlier this year where they often gathered and developed a 'family-like' bond
Las Vegas: Police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest last year after the shooting which saw 58 people killed
Survivors from the Borderline shooting said the gunman looked 'like he knew what he was doing' as he repeatedly fired his gun without saying a word.
In April this year, deputies were called to the home he shared with his mother after neighbors heard loud crashes coming from inside.
He was acting 'irrationally' and was 'irate' so police called in their mental health specialist but they cleared him, deciding against having him committed.
Neighbors told DailyMail.com on Thursday that his mother Colleen was 'terrified' he was going to harm himself or others, and that they believed Long suffered from PTSD - though some said that Long's behavior was odd even before his military service.
Long served in the Marine Corps for five years between 2008 and 2013 and he toured Afghanistan. He was a corporal at the time of his honorable discharge.
2008: Long joins the Marines on August 4, 2008. He was 18 at the time.
Nov. 16, 2010 - Jun. 14, 2011: Deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom
August 11, 2011: His rank is listed as Corporal after his tour
2011-2013: His last known assignment was in the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division, based out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
March 3, 2013: Long leaves the Marines. The circumstances are unknown.
2013 - 2016: Long studies at the California State University Northridge and majors in athletic training
During his time in the Marines, he was decorated with numerous awards including two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.
All are relatively common decorations.
A spokesman for the Marines declined to give information surrounding his discharge in 2013, telling DailyMail.com that they were bound by privacy laws and unable to reveal what prompted him to leave.
They did offer condolences to the victims of Wednesday night's shooting.
Curtis Kellog, a friend who he served with, said Long had a 'great sense of humor' and was excited to return to southern California after leaving the military.
'He had a great sense of humor and like most Marines who have seen combat it could get dark at times, just like all of us.
'He was excited to get out so he could go back home, ride his motorcycle again and finish school,' he told Click 2 Houston.
After leaving the Marines, Long took a job as an athletic trainer with California State University Northridge, where he also attended classes as a student until dropping out in 2016.
'I found out a little too late that just wasn't the job for me. Maybe the ego got the better of me but it took only one time for a 19 year old D-2 athlete to talk down to me and tell me how to do my job that I realized this wasn't the career I wanted to head,' he said of his departure in a March 2017 post that was uncovered by CNN on the forum Shadowspear.
After leaving the Marines, Long returned to California. The gunman is pictured in a 2014 picture with his mother (left) and (right) while studying at California State University Northridge where he last attended classes in 2016. He dropped out of his athletic training major in 2016 after three years
Blake Winnett, who claims to have shared an apartment with him in 2014 while he was a student at CSUN, told The New York Post that he was a 'loner' who danced alone in their garage.
'He didn’t want to help anyone do anything. He was just lazy I guess,' he claimed, adding that he once responded:
'That's not my f****** job' when Winnett asked him to take out the trash.
'He wasn’t violent but he was mean. He would go to the gym and then he would, I guess, try to learn dance moves or something.
'He would close the garage and be playing music and dancing in there, like sweating.
'I would open the garage and would be like, "What are you doing?"' he said.
Long dropped out of the university in 2016 after three years.
He had been studying athletic training. Sometime after dropping out of college, he returned to his mother's home in Newbury Park.
One neighbor told DailyMail.com that his mother 'lived in fear' that something would happen to him.
Another, Julie Hanson, who lives with her husband next door, told the AP that she always found Long odd and disrespectful, even before his time with the Marines.
Long's mother Colleenn Long, 61, was spotted by DailyMail.com being interviewed by FBI agents on Thursday.
She emerged from her house around 1.45pm and was shepherded into another red truck resembling the one the shooter used to drive to the Borderline Bar & Grill where he carried out the massacre. She and several officers left the house in the smart suburb of Newbury Park in a convoy of three trucks.
Coleen Long (right), mother of Thousand Oaks shooter Ian Long, is seen leaving her house in Newbury Park, California
Colleen Long (white hat) is seen leaving her home. She was spotted speaking with FBI agents on Thursday
In addition to the 12 he killed inside the Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday, '10 to 15' victims were injured.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover their medical bills. They have raised $5,000 of the $50,000 they hope to get.
In a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon, the bar said: 'The Borderline Family sends our love, prayers and deepest condolences to the victims and their families in the wake of this horrific tragedy.
'Thousand Oaks is more than the community we do business in but rather our brothers, sisters, dads, mommas, friends, family and neighbors.
'We love you and together we will stand strong.'
Borderline Bar and Grill is described as the county's 'Largest Country Dance Hall & Live Music Venue' and boasts of 2,500 sqft of open dance floor, with pool tables, games and flat-screen TVs.
Savannah Stafseth, who was outside on the patio when the shooting started, told the LA Times: 'There are no words. Those are my people. It's just not fair. It's not fair. All these people after Route 91. It's not fair.'
Thousand Oaks is known as an area with low crime and is considered one of the safest cities in America.
Another witness told ABC7 California TV station: 'A lot of my friends survived Route 91. If they survived that, they will survive this.'
Police officers guard the road leading to the Borderline Bar and Grill. The killer shot himself before police were able to get inside the building
Many inside the bar had to throw bar stools to break the windows and escape as the gunman opened fire
The shooter, who has not been named publicly but has been identified by police, stormed Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday at 11.20pm. He first shot the bouncer then opened fire on the crowds of youngsters who were there to enjoy a night of line dancing and country music.
As dozens ran for their lives and used bar stools to shatter the windows to escape, the shooter continued firing his black semi-automatic pistol and throwing smoke grenades to confuse them.
When the first police officers arrived at the scene three minutes later, the gunman shot one of them multiple times before shooting himself. By the time SWAT teams arrived, he was dead. The sheriff's sergeant who was shot later died in hospital. He was Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran.
In total, 13 are dead; 11 people inside the bar, the sheriff's sergeant and the gunman. According to KTLA, the gunman was 29 years old. Police are yet to identify his motive or release his name.
A shirtless man and two others carry an injured person out of the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire at 11.20pm
He and another officer from California Highway Patrol arrived at the bar minutes after the first 911 calls came in.
The 'hardworking' officer, who was due to retire this year and leaves behind a wife and son.
An additional '10 to 15' victims were injured during the mass shooting, including the bouncer, a young female cashier and college students.
On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted about the mass shooting, saying: 'I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead.
'Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar. Great bravery shown by police.
'California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times.
'That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement,.'
The gunman shot himself before SWAT teams got inside. He was dressed in all-black, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask covering the bottom part of his face.
He walked up to the entrance at 11.20pm and shot the bouncer before making his way into the venue. He then shot a young female cashier before throwing smoke grenades onto the dance floor and letting off rounds into the crowd.
Ron Helus (pictured) - a Ventura County sheriff sergeant - was among the deceased. The 'hardworking' officer had 29 years of experience in the force and leaves behind a wife and son
An injured man who appears to have been shot is rushed to safety at the Borderline Bar and Grill
Men hide outside the Borderline Bar and Grill after a shooter opened fire on Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California
Matt Wennerstorm stands outside Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night after escaping from the gunfire (left). Relieved family members embrace their loved ones after 12 people were shot at the bar in Thousand Oaks, near California (right)
More than 100 people, many of whom were students (pictured) as young as 18, were in the bar when the gunman opened fire
Terrified dancers used bar stools to smash the windows so that they could climb out and flee. Witnesses said the gunman said 'nothing' as he opened fire and was composed throughout the massacre.
'I was just dancing normally and I heard what I thought was a balloon pop. I was confused then I heard it a couple more times then I turned around and I saw him.
'I ran to the nearest exit and tripped and fell on the way I knocked on as many doors as I could until someone would answer me and finally someone did. It was awful,' Taylor Von Molt, a promoter for the club, told CNN.
She said the gunman's mask looked like a bandanna and was covering the bottom of his face.
'He had a black mask, it looked like a bandanna, on the bottom of his face, sunglasses dark hoodie, dark jeans. He was kind of bigger, more burly. Scary,' the 21-year-old said.
Teylor Whittler, another witness, said the gunman had 'perfect form' and 'looked like he knew what he was doing.'
'I saw three people get shot by him. As soon as he walked in, he had perfect form. I'm born in a military family and I've been around guns my entire life so I know a bit about them.
'He looked like he knew what he was doing. He had practiced, he had been shooting before,' she told Fox News.
She added that while the bar was popular among students, it attracted patrons of all ages.
'College students go there, high school seniors go there, elderly people go there. Everyone who loves country goes there,' she said.
Witnesses (pictured sharing a blanket after escaping the tragedy) had to use chairs to smash the windows of the bar to escape
Survivors embrace after being told the coast was clear when the gunman turned the gun on himself
The bar (left on a normal night) is popular among country music and dancing fans. On Wednesday night, under 21s are allowed into enjoy the music and they are required to wear black X's on their hands
Several minutes after the gunman opened fire, a SWAT team arrived and found 11 victims dead inside.
'It’s a horrific scene in there, there is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn’t want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation,' Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said afterwards, adding: 'This, by far, is the most horrific thing I've seen in my 41 years.'
Dean was due to retire on Thursday, the day after the shooting. He and Helus were workout buddies.
'Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff's sergeant. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went into save lives, to save other people,' he said after the shooting.
There were 100 people inside the bar when the gunman opened fire, police said, and the number of casualties is 'very likely' to go up.
One witness told ABC7: 'I was at the front door talking to my stepdad. I heard these big pops.
An emotional Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean (pictured) told reporters his 'good friend' Ron Helus was killed in the attack
A sheriff deputy speaks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene (left) while officers inspect vehicles in the car park searching for the perpetrator's vehicle
Plain-clothed law enforcement officers guard the road leading to the Borderline Bar and Grill where 12 people were killed
Family and friends got out of bed and rushed to the scene still in their pyjamas to make sure their loved ones were alive
'There were three or four and I hit the ground. The security guard was dead and the man had a handgun.
'He threw in smoke bombs and he kept firing. People threw chairs out of the windows to try to get away.
'The gunman had glasses and a black jacket. He had a big hand gun.'
Another witness said: 'This maniac came in. Threw in smoke to confuse people and opened fire on the dancefloor. He's taken many young lives.
Witnesses reported a horrifying scene as gunfire echoed through the club and those inside ran for cover, in some cases breaking windows with chairs and other pieces of furniture to get out of the building.
Police respond after a gunman opened fire at the country music venue in the city of Thousand Oaks, California
First responders arrive on the scene of the mass shooting at around 11.30pm after receiving 'shots fired' 911 calls from witnesses
The bar is popular with college kids because it allows under 21s in on Wednesday nights. Those who were not old enough to drink had black X's stamped on their hands.
Pepperdine University confirmed on Thursday morning that some of its students were among those in the bar. It is unclear if they were among those killed.
'The University has determined that multiple Pepperdine students were on site at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. At this time, the University is working to identify and provide support to those students.
'Pepperdine officials are working with authorities and will provide updates as more information is available. The University offers its deepest condolences and is praying for everyone involved in tonight’s tragic events,' it said.
Classes at California Lutheran, which is also nearby, were cancelled.
People were hiding from the shooter in bathrooms and attic spaces, while others who managed to escape fled to nearby gas stations for medical help.
Local hospitals have been inundated with victims who've transported themselves to emergency rooms with injuries seeking medical help.
One witness, who was at the bar with his step-son, described the sequence of events. He said: 'He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man.
'Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl. Then he started moving to the right. He wasn't looking at us. Then he went into the office, where all the cash and stuff is.
'He didn't say anything at all. He just started shooting.'