Even as authorities and families were trying to fathom a motive for the mass shooting of 12 at a bar in Ventura County, California, people began to post comments on the Facebook page of suspect Ian Long’s mother, Colleen. The 28-year-old alleged mass shooter is dead, reportedly of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Colleen Long hadn’t posted anything in the past few days save a fundraiser for a friend’s birthday. But since her page settings permit anyone to comment on her posts, they did. Some angry. Some accusatory. But also, many more sending up prayers and messages of support. And advice.
“The harassment here is not ok. Colleen, Facebook let’s you set all posts to friends only instead of public” wrote the person who offered a link for Facebook settings. “I can’t imagine what you are going through. I am sorry for your loss.”
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said the former Marine who did two tours in Afghanistan had PTSD. Neighbors told media Colleen Long suffered as her son’s behavior was erratic and worrisome. Former friends and acquaintances described him as “weird.”
Colleen Long was photographed Thursday hours after her son is alleged by police and witnesses to have opened fire on a nightclub full of teenagers. Long is alleged to have shot and killed a police officer and a security guard and 10 others including young people at the Borderline Bar & Grill’s College Country Night, line dancing and having fun. Until, as police allege, Long walked in the door after having shot and killed a bouncer and then opened fire.
One person who commented on Colleen Long’s Facebook page wrote, “Sorry for your loss and the harassment you must be dealing with from hateful trolls. Stay strong.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Long, 28, Lived Alone With His Mother Colleen. Police Were Called to Their Home in April When Long Was ‘Irate’ & Acting ‘Irrationally’
GettyMembers of the media report outside of the home of suspected nightclub shooter Ian David Long in Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles, on November 8, 2018. – The gunman who killed 12 people in a crowded California country music bar has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine,.
Long, who was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2013, lived with his mother Colleen in Newbury Park, in the western section of Thousand Oaks. Federal agents and Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives descend on the house the mother and son and two dogs shared Thursday morning. Neighbors told local and national media Long was a loner and one said Colleen Long complained about her son. Then, in April of this year, neighbor Tom Hanson told local media Long could be heard yelling and banging on the walls in the home and called 911 believing Long might be a danger to himself or others.
“Sounded like he was tearing down the walls of the house — like someone’s just beating on the walls with a big hammer,” Hanson told KTLA.
Ian Long’s …read more