‘He was shooting everything, from the speakers to anything’: Tearful witnesses describe gunman who threw smoke grenades before opening fire as they smashed windows with bar stools to escape the ex-Marine

Thursday, November 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

Gunman opened fire at college night inside Borderline Bar and Grill, California
He killed 12 including sheriff’s deputy Ron Helus, who had served for 29 years
The gunman is identified as ex-Marine Ian Long, 29
Long was found dead inside as police say they believe he killed himself
Witnesses described breaking windows with bar stools as they tried to escape
Others fled through the front door as gunshots rang out around them

By CHRIS PLEASANCE
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 November 2018

Tearful witnesses have described the moment a relaxing night out with friends turned into a bloodbath as a gunman killed 12 people at bar in California before turning the gun on himself.

College students at the Borderline Bar and Grill, in Thousand Oaks, described how they were dancing one moment and fleeing for their lives the next as they watched a doorman and cashier get struck by a hail of bullets fired by ex-Marine Ian Long, 29.

Student John Hedge said he was with his stepfather Tim Dominguez at the door preparing to leave the bar when Long entered and threw smoke grenades before pointing his gun at the cashier and opening fire.

Dominguez choked up as he told KABC: ‘He shot the doorman, bouncer…just a young man. Then, he shot the cashier, just a young girl.’

A visibly shaken student named Summer said the gunman ‘was shooting everything, from the speakers to anything,’ while another man Matt said that while Long stopped to reload, he used a bar stool to smash a window and help 30 people run to safety.

Another, Teylor Whittler, said she got a good look at Long who was shooting with ‘perfect form’ and ‘knew exactly what he was doing’.

Teylor, a 19-year-old who was on the dance floor when gunshots rang out, said: ‘I was on the dance floor dancing at the time and then all my friends were at the table right by the door and then I heard the gunshot.

‘I turned around and I saw him shoot a couple more times and within a split second, everyone yelled ”get down”.

‘So I ran to the left of the dance floor where the back door is and everyone pretty much piled on top of each other and then it was silent for a couple of seconds.

‘Then all of a sudden, a couple of guys that were closer to the bar, they got up and started running towards the back door, saying ‘get up, he’s coming.’

‘So it was huge panic, everyone was trying to get up… some guy came behind me, lifted me up and said ”let’s go.”

‘I got a bar stool thrown at my head because they were trying to break the window to get out. And we finally made it out, ran up the hill.’

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