The Ventura County community was flipped upside down late Wednesday night - college country music night at Borderline Bar & Grill where almost 200 people were trapped inside when a gunman armed with a Glock.45 caliber handgun opened fire.
- Sheriff Geoff Dean said deputies had several interactions with Long over the past few years.
"He's a tactician so I have no doubt he employed the best tactics possible", he said.
Authorities brought in a mental health specialist who concluded that Long could not be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation but anxious the 28-year-old Marine veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder. More than 24,200 have been injured through gun violence, according to the organization's website.
"It's a horrific scene in there".More news: India lauds US exemption on Iranian oil sanctions
"I don't want prayers.
I could still hear gunshots after everyone left", the Times quoted the man as saying. "I don't want thoughts", said his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos.
Holden Harrah told CNN the gunman opened fire within seconds. "And that's what's really blowing my mind, it's a really safe area". People dropped to the floor and hid behind bar stools in stunned silence. They had chairs and threw them out the window, and they were able to take me and my girlfriend out the window and carried us out here.
Local cops were called to his home for a domestic disturbance earlier this year, authorities said.
The official - who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity - would not give additional details on what the 28-year-old former Marine posted on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
"It was just semi-automatic, as many shots as he could pull, and then when it started to reload that's when we got people out of there". The Western-style bar hosts theme nights such as country, salsa and swing dancing.More news: Minnesota, Michigan send first Muslim women to US Congress
She said the gunman "knew what he was doing", Fox News reported. They don't go around shooting people.
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 11 before turning the gun on himself.
"It's just not right", he said about the shooting. People were trying to get out the window....
"The University offers its deepest condolences and is praying for everyone involved in tonight's tragic events", it tweeted.
Captain Garo Kuredjian, Media Relations Officer for the Ventura County Police Department, told Breitbart News on the scene that there had been three officers from the Oxnard Police Department and three from the Los Angeles Police Department inside the Borderline, all off duty.More news: Trump Celebrates 'Beautiful Barbed Wire' On U.S.-Mexico Border