Ian David Long, a Marine Corps. veteran, was later identified as the shooter who killed a dozen people, including a sheriff's sergeant.
This 2017 photo from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Ian David Long.
As investigators worked to figure out what set him off, President Donald Trump blamed mental illness, describing the gunman as "a very sick puppy" who had "a lot of problems". "People come back and it's a frightful thing, they come back and are never the same", he said.
The dead included sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran nearing retirement who responded to reports of shots fired and was gunned down as he entered the bar. Helus died from his injuries early Thursday morning, leaving behind a wife and son.
A mother whose son survived the Las Vegas massacre only to be shot dead in a California bar has demanded gun control instead of prayers. "He didn't come home last night", said Schmidt-Orfanos, whose son Telemachus was a 27-year US Navy veteran. "I don't want prayers, I don't want thoughts, I want gun control and I hope to God nobody else sends me more prayers".
"He's doing fine, he is going to be traumatised for a little while as I will I think, because we made it out and there's quite a few people that didn't and they were all young and they had a long life to live", he said.
Nearly exactly a year after the Route 91 country music festival mass shooting in Las Vegas that resulted in over 50 deaths, twelve people were killed when a masked gunman opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular college student hangout in Thousand Oaks, California that was hosting its weekly 18-and-over College Country Night. She told neighbour Richard Berge she was concerned about her son too, "she was ... kind of beside herself, she didn't know what to do because he wouldn't get help", CNN reported him as saying. I love you, I'll talk to you later, ' " Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said of Helus" actions shortly before his death. He declined to engage in questions on whether the nation needs stricter gun control laws.
"We haven't found any correlation", the sheriff said. The incident happened in April, when yelling and loud banging noises coming from the home Long shared with his mother prompted a next-door neighbor to call authorities. 'The windows broke and I just hopped out the window and I was one of the last people out, ' Campbell said.
Thousand Oaks, ranked the third safest city in the United States in 2018 by website Niche, was added to the list of victims of gun violence in a country divided over its gun policies. Police said Long used a.45-caliber Glock handgun with an illegal, extra-capacity magazine, first shooting a security guard outside the bar.
"I told my wife, 'Just be polite to him". "Tonight Thousand Oaks takes its place with those cities, who in order to move forward will rely on hope".
Authorities in Thousand Oaks described an attack of military efficiency.