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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Shipments of 20,000+ Fake US Driver’s Licenses From China Intercepted at Chicago Airport
For use in election fraud?
Customs authorities have intercepted more than a 1,000 individual shipments containing almost 20,000 fraudulent driver’s licenses at Chicago O’Hare Airport this year alone.
19,888 fake US driver’s licenses have been caught in smuggling busts at the airport, distributed throughout 1,513 fraudulent shipments.
Fox 5 New York is reporting that the fake ID’s are coming from mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and the UK.
“These counterfeit driver’s licenses can lead to disastrous consequences,” Customs and Border Patrol’s Ralph Piccirilli said in a statement. “Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities.”
Customs officials have described the fake Chinese ID’s as extremely realistic and well-made, stating that the barcode on the fake documents passes electronic verification checks.
If this many fake ID’s are coming in at one airport alone, there’s a significant possibility that many more fake documents are being smuggled into the country at other airports. It’s entirely unclear what these ID’s are being used for- most of the bars that underage college kids would enter to drink alcohol in are closed. There’s a very real possibility the Chinese-made fake ID’s could be an integral part of an election fraud operation. Even the most strict voter ID states such as Arizona accept a driver’s license as proof of voter registration and eligibility.
Customs officers stationed at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport are reporting that they’ve busted more than 2,000 fake ID’s since 2019, describing a surge in the smuggling of fake driver’s licenses.
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