Horrible California College Firing

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Sumayya Khalid

HORRIBLE CALIFORNIA COLLEGE FIRING

It was a horrible scene when a gunman entered and opened fire on an event of “College Country Night” when hundreds of citizens were there. The horrific incident happened on Wednesday night at 11.20pm local time, at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, California. Borderline is known as the county’s largest dance hall and live music venue of the country. Its dance floor covers an area of about 2,500 square feet which remains open until 2 a.m. 5 days a week. By the website Niche, Thousand Oaks was ranked as the 3rd safest city in the US for the year 2018.

When asked by reporters, if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean replied, “I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what community you’re in. It doesn’t matter how safe your community is. It can happen anywhere.”

The suspect was described as tall, dressed in black, whose head was covered with a hood having face partially covered. The gunman used a legally-owned Glock handgun, designed to hold up 11 bullets but it had been equipped with an extended magazine which allowed it to carry more than its capacity.

Before stepping inside, the gunman 1st fired at a person working on the door of the Borderline. Approximately 13 people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman, have been killed during a mass shooting. The suspected shooter was found dead of the perceptible self-inflicted gunshot wound when police arrived there. The 29-year police officer named as Ron Helus, who had planned to retire the next year, entered the bar with a highway patrolman. After being shot several times, Helus was pulled out of the bar by the highway patrolman, and taken to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, he died early Thursday morning.

Dean said “It saddens us all and tears at our emotions. He died a hero. He went in to save lives, to save other people.”

Several other victims of different injury levels were rescued from the sight and taken to nearby hospitals.

Later the gunman was identified as Ian David Long. According to the records of Defense Department, David Long was on duty with the US Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013. In recent years numerous “minor events” including a traffic collision were illustrated between authorities and Long. In the year 2015, he was the victim of a battery including a disturbing issue for which deputies were called to his house in April 2018. The sheriff told, Long appeared “somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally” during talks with police. 

The motive in this shooting has not been identified yet, told by Dean. Police have immediately started to explore his house, and expect to know further about him and his possible motive soon.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said,

“Our hearts ache today for the victims of this heinous act.”

He thanked law enforcement officials, especially Helus, whose brave action saved many lives.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been “fully briefed” about the incident, and admired the “great bravery shown by police”.

President has ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff for the victims respect until Saturday sunset at the White House and on every public building, U.S. embassies, naval stations, and military bases.

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