Lengthy is believed to have posted the social media message across the time of the assault, in line with the official, who’s accustomed to the investigation.
In it, the author says: “I hope individuals name me insane … (laughing emojis).. would not that simply be an enormous ball of irony? Yeah … I am insane, however the one factor you individuals do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘preserve you in my ideas’… each time… and surprise why these preserve taking place. “
When CNN learn the put up to a good friend of Lengthy’s, who didn’t need to be publicly recognized, the good friend stated, “That doesn’t sound like Ian to me in any respect. I do not know what was going by his head when he wrote this. It should have been horrible.”
Hours after Lengthy was discovered useless, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police looked for clues on the house the place he lived along with his mom.
Police have been referred to as to his house in April for studies of a disturbance and a disaster group felt he is perhaps affected by post-traumatic stress dysfunction, however they in the end cleared him.
Authorities are working to piece collectively a timeline on the taking pictures. However they’ve stated once they arrived on the scene, the suspect was nonetheless firing. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus and a freeway patrol officer rushed into the bar and exchanged gunfire with the shooter, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean stated.
Helus was fatally shot and an officer pulled him out and waited for reinforcements, he stated.
Police waited near 15 minutes, till the pictures died down, and regrouped with extra officers, Dean stated. They went into the bar and located the shooter had fatally shot himself subsequent to the bar entrance.
The scene was “like hell” when deputies arrived, Dean stated. Police discovered patrons hiding within the attic. Some have been so terrified, they requested officers to verify they weren’t the gunman, he stated.
CNN’s Ryan Browne and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.