Update: Marine veteran Ian David Long, 28, was identified as the shooter who killed twelve people at a Thousand Oaks bar popular with college students.
"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, hopping over gates and just trying to get out", he told the affiliate.
But by the time the gunman was done, 12 people, including a police officer, lay dead.
The horrific attack carried out in a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar on Wednesday night was the 307th mass shooting in America this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which classifies a "mass shooting" as a singular event in which at least four people are shot, not including the shooter.
Long was armed with a Glock 21, a.45-caliber pistol created to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber, according to the sheriff. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. Victims dove for cover behind bar furniture as the carnage unfolded, according to witnesses. Dean said Long had legally purchased the weapon.
Authorities searched Long's home in Newbury Park, about 5 miles from the bar, for clues to what set him off. Neighbors recounted a history of loud, aggressive fights between the mother and son.
"Firefighters and first responders are arriving on scene of a report of a shooting at an establishment in @CityofTO".
Berge said when he saw police activity at the house on Thursday morning, "I knew what it was". "This woman has to know that this child needed help".
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In April this year, deputies were called to his house for a disturbance and found him "acting a little irrationally". However, mental health specialists who were called in "talked to him, and cleared him".
Dean said Long was a Marine veteran, and said there was a chance he suffered from PTSD.
In Las Vegas and Thousand Oaks, country music fans were the victims. He was a machine gunner and the recipient of numerous medals, including the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 2013.
The U.S. Marine Corps issued a statement extending "its deepest condolences to the families of the victims in this senseless tragedy". The couple cited irreconcilable differences in divorce papers filed in May 2013, two months after Long left the Marines.
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for California State University Channel Islands and for the Camarillo Springs area, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials. I got hit in the head by a stool that was being picked up to throw through a window, until some guy came up behind me and grabbed me and said, "Get up, we have to go!" "I was shocked, I was like 'What the hell?"
He said his department had "several contacts" with Long over the years, for minor incidents including a traffic collision, and in 2015 when he was beaten up at a local bar.
"We were all bodies on top of each other and as soon as we saw him (the shooter) walk. into the other part of the bar, everyone bolted as fast as they could to get out", Tait said. Hundreds fled in terror before Long apparently killed himself.
Hanson described Long as an introvert and said he was "dumbfounded" by the massacre. He was not aware of his roommate being politically active.