The FBI was carefully examining Thursday the car and home of the gunman who killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The shooter, Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long, 28, apparently killed himself after gunning down customers in the Borderline Bar and Grill. Investigators are looking for clues to Long’s “state of mind” before Wednesday’s late-night shooting.
Paul Delacourt, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said it appears Long acted alone.
“We’re going to pursue the leads that develop from that evidence, wherever they take us, to identify any possible motivation, paint a picture of the frame of mind of the subject, identify any possible radicalization,” Delacourt said Thursday.
Brushes with law enforcement
Long had minor run-ins with the law previously, including a traffic accident and a bar fight, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Earlier this year, police were called to his home after neighbors reported what officers described as a disturbance. At the time, police said Long “was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally.”
Officers speculated Long, who had served in Afghanistan for seven months, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But a mental health professional who spoke with Long said he did not believe Long needed to be hospitalized.
Crowded bar, man in black
Late Wednesday, the Borderline Bar and Grill was crowded with students who regularly attended its country music dance party.