The gunman who opened fire on a crowd of mostly college students at western bar in California, killing 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy, has been identified as a US Marine Corps veteran.
Police say the shooting began on Wednesday at 11.20pm local time (6.20pm AEST) at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 64km west of Los Angeles.
The gunman was found dead at the scene. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean named the suspect as Ian Long, 28, who likely took his own life.
Long appeared to have shot at random, using only a Glock .45-calibre handgun he had purchased legally. This weapon is designed to hold 10 rounds, plus one in the chamber, but Long used an extended magazine in this shooting.
There was no known motive, but Long had previous run-ins with the law.
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One of the victims was identified as Alaina Housley, the 18-year-old niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband Adam Housley.
“Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” Adam Housley told PEOPLE in a statement. “Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”