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Who Is the Suspect in the Thousand Oaks Shooting?

Who Is the Suspect in the Thousand Oaks Shooting?

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Investigators at the scene of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Thursday.CreditCreditMark J. Terrill/Associated Press

The authorities on Thursday identified Ian David Long, 28, as the gunman in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The police said Mr. Long killed 12 people in a late Wednesday night attack on the bar, which was crowded with people dancing to country music. He appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after exchanging fire with officers at the scene, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.

Here is what we know about the suspect:

• Mr. Long, of Newbury Park, Calif., had served in the United States Marine Corps.

• Sheriff Geoff Dean said deputies had several interactions with Mr. Long over the last few years. One of the encounters involved a reported disturbance at his home in April that prompted mental health specialists to talk to him.

• The specialists who spoke with Mr. Long discussed his military service with him and whether he had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. They determined that he was not an immediate danger to himself or others and that he could not be involuntarily taken to a mental hospital.

• The authorities recovered a handgun inside the bar, a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun, which they believe Mr. Long used in the shooting. The firearm had been outfitted with an extended magazine to hold more bullets than a typical handgun. It had been purchased legally, Sheriff Dean said.

• Mr. Long first shot a security guard outside the Borderline Bar & Grill, went inside and then shot more security personnel and employees before opening fire on patrons. Read here for the latest developments on the Thousand Oaks shooting.

This is a developing news story. Check back for updates.

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