California shooting: Ian David Long identified as mass shooter at Thousand Oaks bar


A witness said early Thursday that the gunman in the Thousand Oaks shooting was dressed in black when he entered the Borderline Bar & Grill around 11:20 p.m.

Holden Harrah, 21, was among the hundreds inside listening to music Wednesday night as a part of a college night event.

He said he looked over at the front door and saw the man walk in wearing a black hat, glasses and a black shirt. He had a beard, Harrah said.

“He just pulled out a gun and shot my friend that was working the front desk,” he said.

The first couple of shots, Harrah said, his voice wavering, hit his friend and everyone dropped to the floor immediately. Harrah said he ran out a side door.

“I heard more gunshots behind me. I was freaking out,” he said.

Little is known about the man who caused so much carnage, killing 12 people and injuring more. The suspect himself died at the scene, authorities said

Authorities have not disclosed the suspect’s name, but a law enforcement source told The Times that he was Ian Long, 29, of Newbury Park. He had a Glock .45 handgun and some type of smoke device, the source said.

He drove his mother’s car to the attack and said nothing upon entering the bar, the source said.

The gun was purchased in Ventura County, the source said.

Authorities said the man was heavily tattooed but apparently didn’t have identification on him.

Detectives are trying to determine a motive. “We have no idea if there’s a terrorism link,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Thursday.

Police initially learned of the rampage from numerous 911 calls. The first law enforcement personnel arrived on scene at 11:22 p.m., and made entry four minutes later, officials said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were met with gunfire, according to Dean. Helus was shot several times and died at a hospital early Thursday morning, he said.

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