On Wednesday night, a gunman stormed inside a crowded country-music bar in Thousand Oaks, California with a handgun and a smoke device. At least 12 people were killed with multiple injuries reported.
The hooded suspect, who was wearing all black, shot the person working the door, and entered inside the bar where people were line dancing during a weekly "College Country Night" event at the Borderline Bar & Grill.
Upon investigation, the shooter was on social media while he was shooting people dead. Police tell "TMZ" that Ian Long held his .45 caliber handgun in one hand while holding his phone in the other. He was reportedly posting messages on his Instagram Story during the bloody massacre.
Several hours after the shooting, sources tell "TMZ" that police discovered the Instagram messages; police contacted the social media platform and requested that his page be deleted.
According to "TMZ," it appears that these were revenge killings. A former classmate of the gunman said that Long was bullied a lot in high school — his fellow students made fun of him because of his lazy eye. These harsh words "affected him deeply."
The former classmate said that a lot of those students who picked on him were at the bar that night and frequently attend the weekly event. Long is a regular at the bar as well. He typically grabs a beer and keeps to himself, "TMZ" reports.
Long served in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011 and was a decorated member of the United States Marines. People that knew Long said that he suffered serious PTSD after his tour. Long sought out many therapists and doctors; he even reached out the military for help. Reports say that none of that worked as his mental health was in serious need of repair.
Please keep the victims' families in your thoughts and prayers.