Gunman posted about mental state during bar attack

10 November, 2018, 11:49 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Jason Coffman sobbed as he recalled authorities telling him that his oldest son Cody Coffman had been killed in the bar shooting

Long was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he'd served as a machine gunner.

Colleagues of Helus describe him as a friend and an exceptional man and officer.

Investigators have not established a motive for the shooting, and knew of nothing that connected Long to the shooting site.

"Unfortunately, our young people, people at nightclubs, have learned that this may happen, and they think about that", the sheriff said. But a mental health specialist who assessed Long after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about his agitated behavior last spring anxious he might be suffering from PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).

The patrolman dragged his injured colleague out, but he died the following morning in a Californian hospital.

The veteran officer, who had served on the force for 29 years and was due to retire in 2019, told her he needed to rush to the scene at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Also killed was a man who had survived last year's massacre in Las Vegas, Telemachus Orfanos, 27. Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot. "I don't want thoughts", said his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos. On his way to the bar, Helus was talking on the phone with his wife, his last words to her as obtained by the Los Angeles Times were "Hon, I got to go, I love you".

Others who were inside the bar said they had survived the deadly mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas past year.

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Police captain Garo Kuredjian told reporters that cops received a call that shots had been fired at the venue at 11.20pm local time.

"They felt he might be suffering from PTSD, the fact he was a veteran and had been in the Corps", Dean said. He declined to engage on questions on whether the nation needs stricter gun control laws. But 13 months later, another mass shooter killed him.

"It feels like a dream, and I wish that I can just wake up from it and hear from both of them again", Piasecki said.

Family members of possible victims or survivors of the shooting gathered at a teen centre in Thousand Oaks for news of loved ones. "It's hard to sleep after these kinds of things", said Dani Merrill, who lived through the Vegas shooting and escaped the Borderline bloodshed at the bar by running out the loading dock.

"I saw him point to the back of the cash register ... and he just kept firing. If he talks, just acknowledge him, don't go into conversation with him,"' Don MacLeod said.

"Hope has sustained communities, very much like Thousand Oaks, through the exact same triages of mass shootings", said Andy Fox, the city's outgoing mayor.

"Tonight Thousand Oaks takes its place with those cities, who in order to move forward will rely on hope. we are Thousand Oaks strong".

The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down at a Parkland, Florida school nine months ago. "The shooter killed someone who could have been his lifeline".


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