One man who lived through the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, had another brush with death when he survived a mass shooting at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
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"It was just a normal Wednesday night, just having a good time", said Moorpark College freshman Cole Knapp, who suddenly heard a loud bang that he initially dismissed as a prankster setting off a firecracker. A former high school classmate of Long also revealed that he was teased and bullied over his lazy eye, which deeply affected him.
A gunman burst into a packed bar in Southern California and opened fire on people line dancing, killing at least 12 before he was found dead at the scene, authorities said. His classmate said he suffered serious post traumatic stress disorder after his tour and sought help from therapists and doctors.
More recently he was living in a home where neighbours said they could hear frequent, aggressive shouting between Long and his mother, especially over the a year ago. Authorities reportedly visited the home just once, in April, after a neighbor reported yelling and crashing sounds.
At a press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Helus called his wife and said he had a call to handle, and told her he loved her before running into the incident at the bar.
"He was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally", Dean said. "Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this".
Dean said the slain deputy was on the phone with his wife before telling her he had to go respond to a scene.
His military service lasted almost five years, and he was honourably discharged with the rank of corporal in 2013, the Pentagon said.
Court records show Long had been married, but divorce papers were filed in May 2013, soon after he left the Marines.
He had shot his way into the Borderline Bar and Grill, thrown a smoke bomb into the crowd and continued firing.
Investigators have not established a motive for the shooting or an indication of any connection to terrorism and knew of nothing that connected Long to the Borderline Bar and Grill.
"Our hearts are broken".
But he was killed one year later in another mass shooting in his hometown of Thousand Oaks, California. His mother is understandably as devastated as she is livid. We used to go snowboarding all the time.
Helus had been at the department for almost three decades, and was planning to retire within the next year, the sheriff said, choking back tears.