THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Hours after a mass capturing at a California bar, ATF and FBI investigators raided the home the place gunmanlived along with his mom. Their house is on a suburban avenue about 5 miles from the Borderline Bar & Grill, the place Lengthy killed 12 folks.
Within the neighborhood, those that reside close by stated he appeared to be steadily indignant and unfriendly.
“He would not come out of the home that a lot. Once I did see him drive by, I might wave and he would not wave again,” stated Gareth Crites.
The 28-year-old served almost 5 years within the Marines, together with about seven months of fight obligation from November 2010 to June 2011 as a machine-gunner in Afghanistan. He left the navy in 2013.
There have been rumors Lengthy suffered from post-traumatic stress dysfunction. Donald Macleud might hear loud arguments throughout his yard fence.
“He was so much worse when he got here again from the navy,” he stated.
“I suspected he had a gun there as a result of I heard a gunshot one night time, over a 12 months in the past,” Macleud stated.
Throughout one disturbance, neighbor Tom Hanson took motion.
“I known as the police on him that point, simply because I did not know if he was hurting himself,” Hanson stated.
Regulation enforcement had a number of contacts with Lengthy, largely minor: A visitors accident and an incident the place he was a sufferer in a struggle at one other bar. However Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean stated on one event, deputies have been known as to the home and located Lengthy performing irrationally.
“Our psychological well being specialist who met with him, talked to him and cleared him and did not really feel that he was certified to be taken underneath 5150 and he was left at that scene final April,” Dean stated.
The time period “5150” refers to a California legislation that may have allowed Lengthy to be involuntarily held for 72 hours for a psychiatric analysis. With out a psychological well being pink flag or a dishonorable discharge from the navy, there was nothing to forestall him from legally proudly owning a gun, even underneath California’s strict gun legal guidelines.