Harrowing video shows ex-Marine with PTSD, 28, carrying out his massacre which killed 12, as it’s confirmed a Vegas atrocity survivor was a victim of the mass shooting in the Borderline Bar
- WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
- Bystander video emerges of the Wednesday massacre at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California
- Ian David Long, 28, opened fire at 11.20pm murdering 12 people including a cop before killing himself
- Harrowing video depicts the sound of gunshots as Long stalked the bar during a country music dance night
- Bar was filled with survivors of the Las Vegas country music festival shooting, who gathered there regularly
- Las Vegas survivor Telemachus Orfanos, who worked at Borderline, was among those killed on Wednesday
Ian David Long, 28, is the gunman who killed 12 at the Borderline Bar and Grill in California on Wednesday
Harrowing video of the Borderline Bar shooting has emerged, as it is revealed that one of the many Las Vegas shooting survivors present in the bar was among the 12 people slain.
The sickening video shows ex-Marine Ian Michael Long, 28, stalking through the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday, firing off shot after shot.
Haze from smoke grenades that Long used to disorient the victims fills the air, and the bar is eerily silent except for the sound of shattering glass and the shots from a Glock .45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine.
What appears to be the gunman can be glimpsed for an instant before the witness holding the camera manages to bolt from the bar out a side door.
‘I looked him in his eyes while he killed my friends,’ wrote Dallas Knapp, the witness who shot the video.
‘I hope he rots in hell for eternity. The guy you see is the murderer and the shots are him shooting people trying to get out the windows.’
Telemachus Orfanos was among those killed before the shooter turned the gun on himself.
Like others who gathered at Borderline for country music night regularly, Orfanos was a survivor of the October 1, 2017 shooting massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, where 58 died and hundreds were injured.
Orfanos, an Eagle Scout who had served in the Navy, was working at the bar when he was killed.
Telemachus Orfanos (far left and right above) was a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting, but was killed at the Borderline bar
Brendan Kelly, a Marine who was at Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night, shows his Route 91 tattoo. Like many at the bar on Wednesday, Kelly also survived the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in 2017
Other victims inside the bar included: Sean Adler, 48; Cody Coffman 22; Blake Dingman, 23; Jake Dunham, 21; Alaina Housley, 18; Justin Meek, 23; Daniel Manrique; Kristina Morisette; Telemachus Orfanos; and Noel Sparks.
Long then shot sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, a 54-year-old, 29-year veteran who was one of the first on the scene. He died in the hospital of multiple gunshot wounds.
Between 10 and 15 people remain in hospital, some with severe injuries. The mayor has appealed for blood donations, and hundreds responded by turning out to donate.
Survivors used bar stools to smash windows to climb out of and some hid beneath pool tables. One woman ran into the kitchen and was told by staff to climb a ladder into the attic.
According to survivors, Long was dressed in all-black, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask covering the bottom part of his face.
Before SWAT teams entered the building, Long took his own life in an office inside. He used a legally purchased .45 caliber handgun to carry out the attack and had modified its magazine so it could hold more rounds.
Long served in the Marines as a machine gunner for five years between 2008 and 2013, during which time he was decorated with 10 medals and toured Afghanistan.
Gunman Long (left and right) was a machine gunner in the Marines Corps and served until 2013 when he was given honorable discharge. He was deployed once to Afghanistan and received 10, standard-issue medals during his service
A shirtless man and two others carry an injured person out of the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night after Long opened fire at 11.20pm. Eleven people inside the bar were killed along with a cop who was one of the first on the scene. Long then took his own life in an office inside the building
Victims killed in Borderline Bar shooting in California
Cody Coffman’s father Jason confirmed his 22-year-old son was among the 12 dead victims.
The distraught father rushed to the bar after hearing news of the shooting and calls to his son’s cellphone went unanswered. Jason used a tracking app on his son’s phone and it indicated the device was still inside the venue.
He said he spoke to his son just before he went to the bar Wednesday night.
‘The first thing I said was ‘Please don’t drink and drive.’ The last thing I said was ‘Son, I love you’,’ he said.
Cody had plans to go into the military and was speaking with U.S. Army recruiters.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus
Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, 54, was first on the scene of the shooting on Wednesday night.
Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus
Helus was shot multiple times as he and a California Highway Patrol officer exchanged fire with the gunman inside the bar.
He was a 29-year veteran of the department. He was speaking to his wife Karen when he received the call about a mass shooting.
The last thing he said to her was: ‘Hon, I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call’.
Alaina, the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, also died in the shooting.
Her suitemate at Pepperdine University had earlier posted photos on Twitter saying that the freshman was missing.
Alaina’s Apple Watch and iPhone appeared to still show her location as inside the bar. She was at the bar with several friends who have all been accounted for.
‘My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief,’ Mowry-Housley wrote in a tribute to her niece on Instagram.
‘It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano.
‘Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game.
‘I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel.’
Justin Meek was identified as one of the slain victims by his family and his former college.
The 23-year-old, who was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, worked at the Borderline Bar and organized the college night event.
Meek is believed to have heroically saved lives as the shooting unfolded, according to university president Chris Kimball.
During college, he worked in the school’s veteran resource office and often worked with the Veterans Club to plan events and help veteran students.
Meek also loved singing in choir and took part in the school’s Kingsmen Quartet.
He planned to join the US Coast Guard.
‘Justin was a criminal justice and criminology major who had a passion for doing what was right,’ Jenn Zimmerman, Cal Lutheran’s veterans coordinator, said in a statement.
‘I’m not shocked he took action to protect the people at Borderline.’
Sean Adler, 48, was working as a bouncer at the Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed.
He was a wrestling coach who had only recently opened a coffee shop in the local area.
Justin Meek (left) and Sean Adler (right)
Noel Sparks, a 21-year-old student at Moorpark College, was also confirmed dead. The United Methodist Church in Westlake Village, of which she was a member, posted condolences to her parents on Facebook.
Sparks’ friends had been in tears throughout the day as they desperately searched for her in the aftermath of the shooting.
Blake Dingman, 21, was identified by his girlfriend as a victim of the mass shooting.
‘My sweet Blake… my heart is hurting more than words can say. I cannot believe you’re gone. I am so grateful for our little infinity and all of our deep talks, cuddles, late nights, and adventures,’ she wrote in a tribute.
‘I am so incredibly grateful for every moment we spent together. God brought us together for a reason and I will hold our memories in my heart forever. I love you with all of my heart my sweet boy and my angel.’
Noel Sparks (left) and Blake Dinghma (right)
Borderline employee Telemachus Orfanos was also among those confirmed dead.
Orfanos was an Eagle Scout who served in the Navy. Friends said that he was a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting massacre in Las Vegas last year, in which 58 died.
Survivors of the Las Vegas shooting regularly gathered in the Borderline bar for country music night as a way of offering mutual support and healing.
Orfanos’ social media indicates he attended the local Thousand Oaks High School and Moorepark College.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Morisette worked as the cashier at Borderline Bar and Grill. Family members confirmed that she died in the shooting.
She attended Simi Valley High School.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Manrique, 33, was a Marine veteran.
‘He had spent his entire adult life, post military service, helping veterans readjust to civilian life and had just recently accepted a position with Team RWB as the Pacific Regional Program Manager,’ family member Gladys Manrique Koscak wrote in a tribute on Facebook.
‘I have no doubt that he died a hero, shielding others from gunshots. He will forever be our hero, son, brother, and the best uncle anybody could ever ask for,’ she said.
In a cruel twist of fate, dozens of people who survived the Las Vegas shooting were inside the Borderline bar when Long opened fire.
‘It’s the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened,’ Nick Champion told OnSceneTV. ‘I was in the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, as well as probably 50 or 60 others who were in the building at the same time as me tonight.’
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 12 before turning the gun on himself.
He and other Las Vegas survivors considered Borderline a ‘place of healing’ and gathered at the same bar for a memorial on a student night earlier this year. The group of survivors posed in front of a Borderline sign while holding a Route 91 Harvest banner.
‘It’s a big thing for us. We all are a big family, and unfortunately, this family got hit twice,’ Champion said.
The Las Vegas shooting became the worst in modern American history when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire through the windows of his suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel which overlooked the country music festival – an event that attracted many of the same audience as those at Borderline.
‘A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,’ Chandler Gunn told the Los Angeles Times. ‘There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.’
Paddock’s motives in the Las Vegas shooting were never determined by investigators, while in California the probe into what motivated Long to senselessly kill 12 is just beginning.
Champion and other survivors held a Route 91 Harvest banner at Borderline earlier this year where they often gathered and developed a ‘family-like’ bond
Las Vegas: Police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest last year after the shooting which saw 58 people killed
California: Witnesses and survivors comfort each other as they stand near the scene of the shooting at the at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, last night
Survivors from the Borderline shooting said the gunman looked ‘like he knew what he was doing’ as he repeatedly fired his gun without saying a word.
In April this year, deputies were called to the home he shared with his mother after neighbors heard loud crashes coming from inside.
He was acting ‘irrationally’ and was ‘irate’ so police called in their mental health specialist but they cleared him, deciding against having him committed.
Neighbors told DailyMail.com on Thursday that his mother Colleen was ‘terrified’ he was going to harm himself or others, and that they believed Long suffered from PTSD – though some said that Long’s behavior was odd even before his military service.
Long served in the Marine Corps for five years between 2008 and 2013 and he toured Afghanistan. He was a corporal at the time of his honorable discharge.
GUNMAN’S MARINES RECORD
2008: Long joins the Marines on August 4, 2008. He was 18 at the time.
Nov. 16, 2010 – Jun. 14, 2011: Deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom
August 11, 2011: His rank is listed as Corporal after his tour
2011-2013: His last known assignment was in the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division, based out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
March 3, 2013: Long leaves the Marines. The circumstances are unknown.
2013 – 2016: Long studies at the California State University Northridge and majors in athletic training
During his time in the Marines, he was decorated with numerous awards including two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.
All are relatively common decorations.
A spokesman for the Marines declined to give information surrounding his discharge in 2013, telling DailyMail.com that they were bound by privacy laws and unable to reveal what prompted him to leave.
They did offer condolences to the victims of Wednesday night’s shooting.
Curtis Kellog, a friend who he served with, said Long had a ‘great sense of humor’ and was excited to return to southern California after leaving the military.
‘He had a great sense of humor and like most Marines who have seen combat it could get dark at times, just like all of us.
‘He was excited to get out so he could go back home, ride his motorcycle again and finish school,’ he told Click 2 Houston.
After leaving the Marines, Long took a job as an athletic trainer with California State University Northridge, where he also attended classes as a student until dropping out in 2016.
‘I found out a little too late that just wasn’t the job for me. Maybe the ego got the better of me but it took only one time for a 19 year old D-2 athlete to talk down to me and tell me how to do my job that I realized this wasn’t the career I wanted to head,’ he said of his departure in a March 2017 post that was uncovered by CNN on the forum Shadowspear.
After leaving the Marines, Long returned to California. The gunman is pictured in a 2014 picture with his mother (left) and (right) while studying at California State University Northridge where he last attended classes in 2016. He dropped out of his athletic training major in 2016 after three years
Blake Winnett, who claims to have shared an apartment with him in 2014 while he was a student at CSUN, told The New York Post that he was a ‘loner’ who danced alone in their garage.
‘He didn’t want to help anyone do anything. He was just lazy I guess,’ he claimed, adding that he once responded:
‘That’s not my f****** job’ when Winnett asked him to take out the trash.
‘He wasn’t violent but he was mean. He would go to the gym and then he would, I guess, try to learn dance moves or something.
‘He would close the garage and be playing music and dancing in there, like sweating.
‘I would open the garage and would be like, “What are you doing?”‘ he said.
Long dropped out of the university in 2016 after three years.
He had been studying athletic training. Sometime after dropping out of college, he returned to his mother’s home in Newbury Park.
One neighbor told DailyMail.com that his mother ‘lived in fear’ that something would happen to him.
Another, Julie Hanson, who lives with her husband next door, told the AP that she always found Long odd and disrespectful, even before his time with the Marines.
Long’s mother Colleenn Long, 61, was spotted by DailyMail.com being interviewed by FBI agents on Thursday.
She emerged from her house around 1.45pm and was shepherded into another red truck resembling the one the shooter used to drive to the Borderline Bar & Grill where he carried out the massacre. She and several officers left the house in the smart suburb of Newbury Park in a convoy of three trucks.
Coleen Long (right), mother of Thousand Oaks shooter Ian Long, is seen leaving her house in Newbury Park, California
Colleen Long (white hat) is seen leaving her home. She was spotted speaking with FBI agents on Thursday
Police are seen outside Ian David Long’s home in Newbury Park, near Thousand Oaks, on Thursday morning. His mother’s red truck was parked in the driveway beneath an American flag draped from the garage. Their home is 5.5miles from the bar where the attack took place
In addition to the 12 he killed inside the Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday, ’10 to 15′ victims were injured.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover their medical bills. They have raised $ 5,000 of the $ 50,000 they hope to get.
In a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon, the bar said: ‘The Borderline Family sends our love, prayers and deepest condolences to the victims and their families in the wake of this horrific tragedy.
‘Thousand Oaks is more than the community we do business in but rather our brothers, sisters, dads, mommas, friends, family and neighbors.
‘We love you and together we will stand strong.’
Borderline Bar and Grill is described as the county’s ‘Largest Country Dance Hall & Live Music Venue’ and boasts of 2,500 sqft of open dance floor, with pool tables, games and flat-screen TVs.
Savannah Stafseth, who was outside on the patio when the shooting started, told the LA Times: ‘There are no words. Those are my people. It’s just not fair. It’s not fair. All these people after Route 91. It’s not fair.’
Thousand Oaks is known as an area with low crime and is considered one of the safest cities in America.
Another witness told ABC7 California TV station: ‘A lot of my friends survived Route 91. If they survived that, they will survive this.’
Police officers guard the road leading to the Borderline Bar and Grill. The killer shot himself before police were able to get inside the building
Many inside the bar had to throw bar stools to break the windows and escape as the gunman opened fire
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