California shooting: Gunman revealed as US Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long

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Witnesses said bar patrons used chairs and bar stools to smash windows in an attempt to help people escape the bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday night. By the time it was over, 12 people were dead, and gunman Ian David Long was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators believe Long arrived Wednesday night at the bar in a vehicle, shot a security guard who was standing outside and then stepped inside.

His motive is still unclear and the ex-marine and Afghanistan veteran is believed to have killed himself as police moved in.

Authorities previously announced the deaths of suspected 28-year-old shooter Ian Long, and Sgt. Ron Helus, a Ventura County Sheriff's officer who responded to the scene.

Sheriff Dean paid an emotional tribute to the policeman who had served for 29 years and was due to retire next year.

"The mental health experts out there cleared him that day", Dean told reporters Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Wednesday night massacre.

Last year, a country music festival in Las Vegas was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern United States history. I want gun control. No. "I don't want thoughts", said his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos.

"My Son is home, well sort of, back in Hawaii, soon to be in Cali come January, hooray!" she wrote on December 14, 2012.

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He escaped death a year ago when a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas. "And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives".

Thirteen people have died, including a gunman and a sheriff's sergeant, after a mass shooting at a California bar popular with college students, police said. He said lawmakers would seek to pass gun control legislation when the House meets in January with a Democratic majority.

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations. He said, "I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military". A mental health crisis team was called at the time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody. I saw him point to the back of the cash register, and he just kept firing.

"He was just a great guy, a gentle soul", Buschow said.

Shootings of any kind are very rare in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago.

The deadliest mass shooting of the year took place in February, when 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., lost their lives when a former student, identified as Nikolas Cruz, opened fire.