The final Facebook post credited to Ian David Long, the ex-marine officer who gunned down 11 people during a student night at a country music bar in California, has been pulled out of the platform.
Ian David Long who stormed into the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night, firing into the crowd before turning the gun on himself, wrote on Facebook which has long been deleted;
‘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 motive behind the massacre is not clear and is under investigation, Dean said, adding that investigators found no immediate reason to believe that the Borderline Bar & Grill was specifically targeted.
Long was in the United States Marine Corps. The USMC released Long’s service record, detailing that he served from 2008 to 2013, deploying to Afghanistan from Nov. 16, 2010 to June 14, 2011. His ranking was a corporal as a machine gunner, the USMC said.
The Marine Corps said Long earned several awards, including a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Long had several interactions with the sheriff’s department over the years, Dean said. These incidents include a traffic collision, a traffic citation as well as an instance in which Long was a victim of battery at a local bar in 2015.