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.
This is a developing story. Follow Big League Politics for updates.
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SOLITARY: Michael Avenatti Transferred To El Chapo’s Former Cell In New York Jail
Federal prosecutors aren’t inclined to give Avenatti a break.
New legal documents published Monday night reveal that showboat attorney and former cable news star Michael Avenatti has been transferred from a California jail to an infamous New York jail after violating the terms of his pre-trial agreement.
Avenatti was arrested at a hearing of the California Bar Association last weekend.
New documents published by his attorney surfaced Monday, revealing that Avenatti was transferred from California to New York over the weekend and jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Avenatti is currently facing criminal charges related to an alleged extortion of Nike, in which the showboat attorney is said to have threatened the sporting company with legal and press campaign against it if it failed to provide him with millions of dollars.
The documents assert that he has been housed in a cell formerly occupied by Mexican Cartel boss El Chapo, an infamous global criminal who has since been transferred to a federal prison in Colorado known as the most secure in the country.
In another strange twist, the Metropolitan Correctional Center was the location of infamous billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s detention and controversial “suicide.”
Avenatti’s lawyers are asking for him to be removed from protective custody and placed in general population in order to effectively litigate his ongoing court case.
With the once-hyped potential presidential candidate literally being housed in El Chapo’s former jail cell, it’s hard to think of a more dramatic character arc for the celebrity lawyer. Around a year ago, Avenatti was still exploring the possibility of a campaign for the Democratic nomination.
As he fights against criminal charges that could carry a penalty of a life sentence in prison, it appears unlikely that Avenatti will be getting anywhere with any political ambitions anytime soon.
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