Twelve dead, many of them university students, is the balance of the last massacre in the United States. It was yesterday at 11 and 20 of the night, 5 and 20 of the dawn of today, Spanish peninsular time. An armed man entered the bar and country music restaurant ‘Borderline’ in Ventura County, about 60 kilometers from Los Angeles and opened fire indiscriminately against the hundreds of people who were in the establishment while throwing several bombs of smoke.
Authorities have reported that the culprit, who has also died, is Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former soldier who had served in the United States Navy. He arrived at the bar driving his mother’s car. At the moment, their possible motivations are unknown. The police chief of Ventura County, Geoff Dean, has indicated that the attacker used a legally purchased Glock 45-caliber pistol.
#OaksInc: Ongoing active shooter incident reported at Borderline in @CityofTO . Please stay away from area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined. Multiple ambulances requested. @VCFD pic.twitter.com/4X3b8KMisc
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) 8 November 2018
Shortly after, the attacker, who acted alone, committed suicide after being confronted by the police, said Dean, who, clearly affected by what happened, explained that Long possibly suffered from post-traumatic stress and that he used in the attack a Glock 45-caliber pistol.
For now, the identities of the victims are unknown with the sole exception of Sgt. Ron Helus from the local sheriff’s office, who came to the restaurant after receiving a call for help. Apparently, Helus was shot by the killer, who also wounded another law enforcement officer. Helus had been working on the body for 29 years and was planning to retire shortly.
The shooting has also left 25 wounded of whom 23 are mild and went to hospitals by their own feet, while two others had to be transported by ambulance, said the Ventura fire department.”He threw smoke grenades everywhere and I saw him point the back of the girl at the cash register, he kept shooting,” said John Hedge, a Moorpark resident, on ABC7. The owner of the bar, Matt Wennerstom, has explained to ABC News that several could escape by breaking the window with a stool.
Múltiples personas heridas en un tiroteo ocurrido un bar en Thousand Oaks, California; VIDEO: KABC-TV pic.twitter.com/u3hD8sq7li
— Noti Bomba (@notibomba) 8 November 2018
Ventura firemen were the first to report the shooting through social networks. “An incident is reported with an active shooter at the Borderline Bar & Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks,” the Ventura County Fire Department announced. In the bar there were about 200 people at the time of the shooting .”Please move away from the area, active security incident, multiple injuries are reported, more details unknown, numerous ambulances have been requested,” they said.
The police received the first notice at 11:15 pm (local time) on Wednesday when the bar organized a “university night” for students. One witness told ABC’s local branch that he saw a suspect, with a beard and hat, throw a smoke grenade and attack a security guard, before firing indiscriminately.
This is the second massacre in the United States in less than two weeks. On October 27, 11 people have killed in the synagogue the tree of life, in the city of Pittsburgh, in an anti-Jewish massacre perpetrated by a neo-Nazi. Half-mast flagsThe president of the United States, Donald Trump, ordered today that the flags of all federal buildings wave at half mast as a sign of “solemn respect” to the victims of the massacre.
“So I grabbed a barstool. We went through the window.”
Borderline Bar patron Matt Wennerstrom, describes breaking a window and helping other patrons to safety during a mass shooting that left at least 12 dead. https://t.co/yD5AAXHY1Z pic.twitter.com/6WLE8i8ui0
— ABC News (@ABC) 8 November 2018
“As a show of solemn respect to the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks (California), on November 7, 2018, I order that the US flags fly at half mast in the House Blanca and in public buildings, “the president said in an official proclamation. This order will also affect the military installations and the US diplomatic delegations around the world.
The US standard It should fly at half-mast until the sun goes down. Early in the morning, Trump turned to his personal Twitter account to convey his condolences to the families of the victims and to praise the police work.