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Thousand Oaks Shooting – Now It’s Personal

November 8, 2018Thedreidel

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I was just there the other night. After a student conference at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks, California – I drove right by the Borderline Bar and Grille. It’s a small country/western bar that is home for kids at Moorpark College, Pepperdine or UC Channel Islands. This morning as I wake up, 12 people are dead from what appears to be a random shooting. I wonder if any of the parents that I met at Temple Etz Chaim were there? I wonder how the son and wife of the sheriff who was felled by the gunman will get through this.

Terrorism is once again close to home. It’s not coming from immigrants, it’s coming from Americans – like the bombing attempts and the horrific shooting in Pittsburgh, it’s coming from Americans who are sick, own guns, and out for blood.

“It’s super easy to take life for granted, to take family for granted”, just remarked one of the patrons who escaped.

When you are next in a public place – get familiar with the exits. Know in your mind what your plan will be if for some reason you must quickly leave the building. I heard one reporter say that police recommend that if you are in a shooter situation, that you drop your cell phone and leave. Exiting a building with a cell phone in your hand can be mistaken as a weapon by police.

As the sun comes up on Thousand Oaks, California and the situation begins to coalesce and evolve, we’ll learn more about how it happened and why it happened. What can we learn from this? Probably nothing. Violence has become a part of our society. We know this as Americans, and we know this as Jews.

4:06 am

I just posted this, and found out from a friend on Facebook that the death toll is now 13. A young man who was there says that the bouncer was killed. The sheriff spokesperson cannot hide the tears as he reports the death of the responding officer, his friend.

4:13 am

Posting this article from Good Housekeeping

12 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prep Your Kids Against an Active Shooter

7:03 am

Shooter Identified

David Ian Long has been identified as the suspect who open-fired on a crowd inside of Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California located in Ventura County. The suspect allegedly entered the venue dressed in all black before throwing smoke grenades into the crowd and firing off dozens of rounds with a his weapon. NBC News reported the news from law enforcement officials.

The suspect was a 29-year-old white man who used a .45-caliber handgun, which was legally purchased.

A motive is unclear.

“This guy just came out of nowhere and came out with a gun and shot people,” a witness told CNN.

At least 12 victims were fatally shot in the gunfire, while multiple other injuries were reported.

Among the fatalities are Ventura County Sheriff’s Sargeant Ron Helus, a 29-year-old veteran of the department who was a year away from retirement. Helus was one of the first to confront the shooter before dying from injuries in the hospital an hour later.

The gunman was also found dead after the rampage.

At the time of the shooting, at least “100-130 people” were inside of the bar enjoying a night of dancing.

8:05 am

The Weapon

The former Marine who opened fire inside a California bar was armed with a legally purchased, high-powered Glock handgun, officials said.

Shooter Ian David Long, 28, used that weapon — which was fitted with an extended magazine — to kill 12 people, including a responding police sergeant at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night.

“The weapon used in this horrific shooting was a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters on Thursday morning, hours after the deadly shooting. “The handgun is designed to hold, in California, 10 rounds and one in the chamber.”

It was the only weapon used in the attack, according to Dean.

“The weapon did have an extended magazine on it,” Dean said. “We do not know at this time how many rounds were actually in the weapon or how many rounds the magazine could actually hold because it’s still being processed as part of the evidence.”

Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton, an MSNBC contributor, said an extended magazine could have given the killer 30 shots and possibly more if he reloaded at any point during the carnage.

Please update this page for breaking news on this tragedy.

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