California shooting: Ex-marine reportedly wrote chilling Facebook post before gunning down 12 people
A law enforcement source said that investigators believe they have identified a Facebook post which the ex-marine wrote just moments before the massacre
The 28-year-old ex-marine, Ian David Long, who stormed into the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night and opened fire on people, killing at least 12, before taking his own life reportedly wrote a chilling post on Facebook hours before the deadly shooting.
A law enforcement source, while talking to CNN, said that investigators believe they have identified a Facebook post which the ex-marine wrote just moments before the massacre. The post, which has been deleted since, read: "I hope people call me insane... (laughing emojis)... wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony?"
"Yeah... I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is 'hopes and prayers'... or 'keep you in my thoughts'... Every time... And wonder why these keep happening..." the post reportedly read. The post, however, could not be independently confirmed, according to the Daily Mail.
Investigators have said that Long, who was a former Marine combat veteran, may have had PTSD and was a regular at the California bar where the shooting occurred.
Reports state that Long may have been aware that the popular country music bar was a regular gathering spot for the survivors of the Las Vegas massacre, in which 58 people were killed at a country music festival by lone gunman Stephen Paddock. Dozens of Las Vegas survivors were inside the bar when Long stormed in and opened fire. The survivors reportedly regularly gathered at the Borderline bar for mutual support and it was a "healing space" for them to cope with the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre.
All over the country today prominent conservatives and their followers tweeted with a weird glee that a "Middle Eastern" man shot & killed 12 people in a mass shooting in California.— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 8, 2018
Instead it was, as it almost always is, a white man.
His name is Ian David Long. pic.twitter.com/SVWhUxwsam
Although many of the people who died in the California shooting had no links to the Las Vegas shooting, it is not yet clear whether Long had specifically targeted the bar because of its connection with one of America's deadliest mass shootings.
Reports state nearly 10 to 15 people have been admitted to the hospital, and some of them have suffered serious injuries. The mayor has reportedly appealed for blood donations in the region for the aid of the victims. Some of the survivors inside the bar reportedly used bar stools to smash the windows to climb out of the establishment while others hid beneath pool tables. One woman reportedly ran into the kitchen after a staff member told her to climb a ladder into the attic.
Survivors recounted that Long was dressed in all-black, was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask to cover the bottom half of his face. The former marine, before SWAT teams entered the building, turned the gun on himself, taking his own life in the end.