Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California was the crime scene of a mass shooting that took place on Wednesday night. The gunman, Ian David Long, who was a Marine Corps veteran, killed at least 12 people at the bar and country music hall.
Officials recovered a .45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine, which was purchased legally. Long took his own life once police arrived on the scene.
The scene was described as being chaotic after Long shot a security guard outside before entering the bar and then opening fire inside as patrons dropped to the dance floor and others tried to escape.
Long, who had minor run ins with the sheriffs department over the past few years, was evaluate by a health specialist after a recent reported disturbance at his home in April where he lives with his mother, but “suspecting that he might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,” it was “determined that he was not an immediate danger to himself or others and that he could not be involuntarily taken to a mental hospital,” The New York Times reported.
It’s still unclear how many people were injured, but the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said close to 22 people were taken to nearby hospitals.