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Thousand Oaks Shooter Mocked ‘Hopes and Prayers’ in Pre-Shooting Facebook Post

Thousand Oaks Shooter Mocked ‘Hopes and Prayers’ in Pre-Shooting Facebook Post

Social media platforms have scrubbed that and any other posts following Wednesday night's massacre.

It is believed that the gunman was David Ian Long, a 28-year-old military veteran.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

But a mental health specialist who assessed Long after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about his agitated behaviour last spring anxious he might be suffering from PTSD.

Mr Kuredjian said he did not know the content of any posts. None of those injured was hurt by gunfire, authorities said.

When the gunman shot his.45-caliber pistol, he killed.

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

Witnesses told CNN the attacker had a large handgun, wore a black trench coat and glasses and threw smoke grenades inside bar.

They fled through a back exit and made it out safely.

Another coach to whom Long had complained questioned her decision, and a high school administrator told her she was "just too young and good-looking to be taken seriously", she said.

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They would sometimes go to Borderline "three nights in a row just so we could be with each other", he told KABC.

Dominique Colell said she had run-ins with then-sprinter Long that convinced her that he was "mentally disturbed" and had "anger issues" before he left to join the US Marine Corps.

She said he attacked her during a practice when a cellphone was found and she was trying to see who the device belonged to.

"(The deputy said), "Hey, I have to handle a call. "I feel guilty for being thankful that it wasn't me and some of my athletes".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents leave Long's house in Newbury Park, Calif., Thursday.

"I should have reported it then", she said. She relented when, at the next track meet, Long apologized in front of several coaches and administrators.

Royal High School confirmed his death in a Facebook post; Adler worked as a strength coach for the school's wrestling program. Both were closed because of a destructive wildfire in the area.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, described the gunman as "a very sick puppy" who had "a lot of problems".

"I got concerned, so I called the sheriffs", neighbour Tom Hanson said outside his home today as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Long's house, where an American flag flew over the garage. Investigators have not commented on whether mental illness played a role.

Long was seen by a mental health specialist in April who anxious the Marine veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder. But 13 months later, another mass shooter killed him. That specialist assessed Long but concluded he couldn't be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation.