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

Glen Norman
November 10, 2018

'At that point I grabbed as many people around me as I could and grabbed them down under the pool table we were closest to until he ran out of bullets for that magazine and had to reload, ' Wennerstrom added. "Unfortunately, our young people, people at nightclubs, have learned that this may happen". Witnesses said many of those inside were college students.

"He made it through Las Vegas, he came home".

Kelly said he dragged one woman out of the building through an emergency exit, and, using his belt and a t-shirt, applied a tourniquet to the bleeding arm of a wounded friend.

When asked by a reporter what it looked like inside the venue, Dean responded: "Like hell". Many Nashville artists, several of whom previously performed at the venue, posted condolences on social media as soon as they saw the news on Thursday morning.

They also say Long was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months.


More than a dozen other people were injured in the shooting and most victims were believed to be in the 21-26 age range, the sheriff said. At least one suffered a nonfatal gunshot wound.

Drew Powers, City Manager for the City of Thousand Oaks said, "As our city moves through this tragedy, our hearts are with all of those impacted in this community and beyond".

Long served in the Marines as a machine gunner for five years between 2008 and 2013, during which time he was decorated with 10 medals and toured Afghanistan.

Kelly is now serving in the Marine Corps Reserves, Maj.

More recently he was living in a home where neighbors said they could hear frequent, aggressive shouting between Long and his mother, especially over the a year ago. Neighbors described that incident as looking like a standoff, with police cars blocking the street and officers taking cover with rifles.


Mr Dean choked back tears talking about Mr Helus and called him a hero. "He was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally".

Neighbours said they had heard frequent loud fights with his mother and that police were called out in April - though on that occasion mental health experts decided intervention was not needed.

The venue in the quiet, upscale suburb had been hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said earlier.

Thousand Oaks is a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Los Angeles. "We don't know precisely what he was saying, but it appears he had a grudge he was carrying out". Pacific time. Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music" was blaring on the dance floor.

The dead in the shooting rampage included sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran gunned down as he entered the bar, and Telemachus Orfanos, 27, who survived last year's massacre in Las Vegas, where a gunman in a high-rise hotel opened killed 58 people at an outdoor country music festival. After that, when he went out, he liked to keep his eyes on the door.


"He knew the risks, but he knew, like we all do, why we serve", Dean said. "You don't think it's real - again", he said.

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