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How the Thousand Oaks shooter went from serving the US in the Marines to a mass murderer


David Ian Long

Ian David Long killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, on Wednesday night.
A fellow Marine, sports coach, room-mate, and neighbors have revealed information about his past, as police search for a motive.
This is how Long went from a baseball-playing High School student, then a US Marine, to the man who killed 12 people.

Ian David Long entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday night and shot dead 12 people in what tied for the 15th deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Since he’s been identified, friends and family have told the media how he went from serving his country in the US Marines Corps at age 19 to carrying out one of the deadliest mass shootings in history.

Ian David Long was born on March 27, 1990, the son of Colleen Long. Long’s cousin, AJ Schramm, told CBS News that Long’s father died from cancer when he was young.

Long went to Newbury Park High School, near Thousand Oaks, but it’s not clear what year he joined. School records show he played baseball there, and his old coach Scott Drootin told USA Today: “He was a very intense person, he didn’t seem like a happy kid.”

“It was really hard to get him to smile,” he said.

Back in 2006, Colleen Long and her son Ian had moved into a one-story, brown-roofed house on Fowler Avenue, Newbury Park — the same home police searched on Thursday hours after the shooting, The Washington Post and USA Today said.

After leaving High School, Long signed up to the United States’ Marine Corps on August 4, 2008, in Los Angeles, a Corps press release said on Thursday. While serving, Long got married to a woman called Stavroula Tzavaras in June 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to court records seen by USA Today.

But just over a year later, Long got posted to Afghanistan on November 16, 2010, and he came back on June, 14, 2011, with a Combat Action Ribbon, meaning he saw combat.

Pastor Thomas Burke served with Long in the same regiment. He told CNN that Long’s battalion was in Helmand province when the fighting was at its worst.

Long wrote a post on ShadowSpear, an online military forum, in March 2017 using the name “doorkicker03,” it said he was an infantry machine gunner for four and a half years, and an instructor in Okinawa, Japan, CNN reported.

On March 2, 2013 records show he left the Marine Corps with the rank of Corporal.

News outlets have reported that Long may have had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from his time in the US Marines, but police officials have not confirmed that as of Friday.

After Long left the armed forced, he wanted a change in career path. He decided to enroll in athletic training at California State University at Northridge.

On the same ShadowSpear post, Long had said: “I am graduating with …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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