13 people are dead after a gunman entered a California bar Wednesday man, opening fire during “college night”. Police have identified the shooter as Ian David Long, 29, who they say was a US Marine who may have suffered from PTSD.
According to Geoff Dean, the Ventura County Sheriff who held a press conference about the shooting earky Thursday morning, Long used a 45 Calibre Glock 21 with an extended magazine. The Glock 21 is one of the most popular handguns in America.
Witnesses on the scene said the shooter entered Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, shot the guard at the door, threw several smoke bombs inside, and then continued firing, killing 13 and wounding several others. The shooter was found dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the Sheriff, Long’s handgun was legally purchased, but the extended magazine found at the scene was illegal. “We don’t know if he reloaded his weapon,” Dean said.
Authorities said the motive for the attack Wednesday night was under investigation.
Patrons screamed in fear, shouted “Get down!” and used barstools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire erupted at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular hangout for college students near Pepperdine University. The dead includes 12 people inside the bar and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the door.
“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean said in the parking lot. “There’s blood everywhere.”
The shooting at the bar comes less than two weeks after a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
On Thursday morning, Trump took to Twitter to praise police for their “great bravery” in the California attack and said, “God bless all of the victims and families of the victims.”
Early reports of the shooting included a witness description of the shooter as a “middle eastern man with a beard”. Witnesses said the shooter was tall and wearing all black with a hood with his face partially covered.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline at about 11:20 p.m., the sheriff said. Sgt. Helus was talking on his phone with his wife when the call came in, and told his wife he loved her and had a call to respond to. Helus arrived on-scene within three minutes and was joined by a California Highway Patrol officer.
They heard gunfire and went inside.
Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Dean said. The highway patrolman pulled Helus out, then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived. Helus died early Thursday at a hospital.
Helus was a 29-year veteran, with a wife and son, who planned to retire next year. Dean, choking back emotion, called Helus a hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save lives.
Sgt. Helus “ran into danger hoping he could save lives,” Dean said.
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Daughter of Man Involved in Fatal 1972 Biden Car Crash Accuses Joe Biden of Falsely Accusing Dad of Driving Drunk
She says he wasn’t a drunk driver. And he was never charged.
The daughter of a man who was involved in a 1972 car crash that resulted in the deaths of Joe Biden’s then-wife, Neilia, and the couple’s one-year old daughter, Naomi, is accusing Joe Biden of falsely blaming her father for the tragic incident.
Deborah Criddle, the daughter of Curtis Dunn, is calling on Joe Biden to “set the record straight” on several claims he’s made in previous years, in which Biden suggested Curtis Dunn was intoxicated or an alcoholic when speaking about the crash. Dunn was never charged or convicted of any traffic or DUI violations stemming from the incident.
Criddle brought up Biden’s accusations towards Dunn in remarks provided to The Sun newspaper on Wednesday.
Criddle says that she became motivated to speak out on Biden’s claims after he repeatedly called Donald Trump a liar during the first presidential debate. She calls such a description as the “pot calling the kettle black,” and that “Biden has got a lot of nerve calling Trump a liar.”
Criddle has spoken out before, in 2008, when Biden made the latest of several inferences suggesting Curtis Dunn was drunk during the crash.
“A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly – and I never pursued it – drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly and killed my daughter instantly and hospitalized my two sons,” Biden had claimed in 2007. He previously suggested that alcohol was involved in the crash in 2001.
A Delaware Superior Court Judge, Jerome O. Herlihy- who investigated the crash at the time as a prosecutor- clarified that there was no reason to believe that any intoxication was involved in the incident when asked about the situation in 2008.
“The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver (Dunn), is incorrect,” said the judge in response to Joe Biden’s continued suggestions that Dunn was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Police investigating the incident ultimately determined that the crash was determined by a t-bone accident in which the vehicle Neilia Biden was driving pulled into the right of way and was struck by a tractor Curtis Dunn was driving.
Criddle is describing Dunn, who died in 1999, as a loving father and family man.
The 1972 car crash was a tragedy for everyone involved, including then-Senator-elect Joe Biden, regardless of the exact circumstances. A one-year old baby and a mother of three children lost their lives. Falsely accusing a party involved of culpability- no matter how slight- without substantiation is a serious matter, one that Biden should answer to regardless of the passage of time since the incident.
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