'He had issues long before he was a Marine': California gunman's coach says he assaulted her in high school

Details are slowly beginning to emerge about Thousand Oaks shooter Ian David Long, painting a picture of a troubled young man

                            'He had issues long before he was a Marine': California gunman's coach says he assaulted her in high school

Thirteen people, including a Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy, were confirmed dead after 28-year-old ex-marine gunman Ian David Long open fired into a crowd of revelers inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Now, details are slowly beginning to emerge about the troubled veteran's life, including how he supposedly had a long history of violence against women that dated back to high school.

CBS Los Angeles reported that Long had assaulted his high school track coach, Dominique Colell, and she said his name was one she could never forget. The incident took place at the Newbury Park High School where the gunman was studying at the time, with Colell revealing that she was trying to figure out the owner of a phone when Long assaulted her.


"Ian came up and started screaming at me that was his phone," she said. "He just started grabbing me. He groped my stomach. He groped my butt. I pushed him off me and said after that — ‘You’re off the team.’" 

She said she never filed charges against him after other colleagues, as well as the school, encouraged her to accept an apology so his future in the Marine Corps would not be ruined. Now, Colell regrets it and confesses she should have reported it at the time.

While certain reports claim Long suffered from PTSD, Colell said the 28-year-old had issues long before he enlisted himself into the Marines. "There are hundreds of thousands of people with PTSD," she said. "They don’t go around shooting people. This kid was mentally disturbed in high school. There were signs and the administration knew it."

According to the New York Times, most mass shooters have a history of violence against women. They cited a report from Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group, which found that 57% of mass shooters from 2009 to 2015 targeted a spouse, former spouse, or other family members in their killing sprees.


Vice corroborated that finding and pointed out how there was a statistical correlation between mass shooters and domestic violence or violence against women. One study, in particular, estimated that around 50% of mass shooters have a record of being violent against partners or family members, most often women.

Long is just one perpetrator in a long line of former perpetrators with such a background of violence. David P. Kelley, the Sutherland Springs shooter who killed 26, had previously assaulted his wife and stepson; Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter, had a history of beating his ex-wife; or more recently, the man who opened fire inside a yoga studio in Tallahassee just a few weeks ago was shown to have a record of groping women and making misogynistic comments online.

Besides the deaths of 13, the shooting in Thousand Oaks also saw 10 to 15 people admitted to the hospital, with some said to have suffered serious injuries.