Borderline Gunman Posted to Social Media During Attack

"I hope people call me insane," he reportedly wrote
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2018 4:19 PM CST
Borderline Gunman Posted to Social Media During Attack
David Long   (California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)

(Newser) – The man who authorities say shot to death 12 people at a California bar on Wednesday was posting to social media during the attack, according to NBC. TMZ reports that sources say that Ian Long, a 28-year-old former Marine who also died in the attack, had a gun in one hand and his phone in the other during his rampage at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and posted a message to Instagram and Facebook, writing in part: “I hope people call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony.” Facebook, which owns Instagram, declined NBC’s request for a comment, but did say that it had taken down Long’s accounts “and will remove any praise or support for the crime or the shooter as soon as we’re aware.”

A law enforcement official tells the AP that investigators still haven’t determined a motive for the attack, adding that they are looking onto whether Long, who they believe killed himself, thought his ex-girlfriend would be at the bar. TMZ sources say that the attack was motivated by revenge, with one saying that Long had been bullied in high school and many of those former classmates often spent Wednesdays at the bar, where Long was reportedly a regular. (Read more about the Borderline shooting.)

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