Gathering of 1 October survivors forces them into Thousand Oaks mass shooting; 1 killed

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Ian David Long began his adult life by enlisting in the Marines and getting married. Years after a divorce and a discharge and months after shouting brought a mental health expert to his door, Long killed 12 people at a country music bar outside Los Angeles.

Long, 28, was a former military machine gunner who apparently killed himself after the Wednesday night attack in Thousand Oaks, the quiet suburb where he lived with his mother.

The big question at this hour is why.  Why did Ian David Long open fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill?

That’s what law enforcement is trying to figure out.  8 News NOW Reporter Patrick Walker was in Thousand Oaks Thursday when another wave of FBI agents arrived at the scene to help process evidence.

Navy veteran Telemachus Orfonos, a survivor of the deadly Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, is among the victims.

Well-wishers commented on Orfonos’ Facebook page commending him for his heroic actions during that shooting.

There were 50 to 60 other survivors from the Las Vegas shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks when the mass shooting at the California bar occurred.

“Unfortunately, it’s the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened.  I was at the las vegas Route 91 mass shooting, as well as probably 50-60 others who were in the building with me tonight,” said Nicholas Champion, survivor, and witness. 

On Thursday afternoon, a representative with the FBI said it was too soon to determine a possible motive.

The shooting started outside of the bar, but then the gunman moved inside.

The FBI is also waiting to release the specific timeline of events after the first shots were fired.

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