In the wake of the deadly shooting at a California bar on Wednesday evening, journalists are scrambling to paint a picture of who the shooter was.
The shooter, Ian David Long, 28, lived in Newbury Park not far from the Borderline Bar & Grill, where he threw smoke bombs and fired 45. caliber bullets into a crowd of more than a hundred people.
Besides this information, much is left to speculation by the numerous news outlets hoping to find a simple explanation to why Long committed such an atrocity.
So far, the fact he served in the Marine Corps seems to be the latest detail about him that the media has latched on to in order to provide answers.
The LA Times reports the the Ventura County Sheriff said Long “might have been suffering from PTSD” despite no evidence being offered to the public to suggest so.
Sheriff Geoff Dean said they have had several interactions with Long that resulted in him being brought to mental health professionals for evaluation. But nowhere in this report does it state that Long’s mental health issues were military service related -an assumption made by deputies.
Long’s military records indicate he served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, with a deployment in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011.
During a press briefing, Dean clearly told reporters that his deputies assumed Long had PTSD solely on the fact he was a veteran.
However, the Sheriff did state that Long was the victim of a battery at a local bar in 2015.
What is known, is Long, on Wednesday night, armed with a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun and smoke devices, drove his mother’s car to the bar and opened fire into the crowd without saying anything before.
Six minutes after the first 911 calls, at 11:26 p.m., Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer entered the bar and were immediately shot at by Long.
Sgt. Helus was shot several times and died at a hospital early Thursday morning.
Eleven victims and the shooter were found dead inside the bar.
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