Ian David Long, 28, is the gunman who killed 12 at the Borderline Bar and Grill in California on Wednesday
Harrowing video of the Borderline Bar shooting has emerged, as it is revealed that one of the many Las Vegas shooting survivors present in the bar was among the 12 people slain.
The sickening video shows ex-Marine Ian Michael Long, 28, stalking through the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday, firing off shot after shot.
Haze from smoke grenades that Long used to disorient the victims fills the air, and the bar is eerily silent except for the sound of the shots from a Glock .45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine.
What appears to be the gunman can be glimpsed for an instant before the witness holding the camera manages to bolt from the bar out a side door.
‘I looked him in his eyes while he killed my friends,’ wrote the witness who shot the video on Instagram.
‘I hope he rots in hell for eternity. The guy you see is the murderer and the shots are him shooting people trying to get out the windows.’
Telemachus Orfanos was among those killed before the shooter turned the gun on himself.
Like others who gathered at Borderline for country music night regularly, Orfanos was a survivor of the October 1, 2017 shooting massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, where 58 died and hundreds were injured.
Orfanos, an Eagle Scout who had served in the Navy, was working at the bar when he was killed.
Telemachus Orfanos (far left and right above) was a survivor of the Las Vegas shooting, but was killed at the Borderline bar
Brendan Kelly, a Marine who was at Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night, shows his Route 91 tattoo. Like many at the bar on Wednesday, Kelly also survived the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in 2017
Other victims inside the bar included: Sean Adler, 48; Cody Coffman 22; Blake Dingman, 23; Jake Dunham, 21; Alaina Housley, 18; Justin Meek, 23; Daniel Manrique; Kristina Morisette; Telemachus Orfanos; and Noel Sparks.
Long then shot sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, a 54-year-old, 29-year veteran who was one of the first on the scene. He died in the hospital of multiple gunshot wounds.
Between 10 and 15 people remain in hospital, some with severe injuries. The mayor has appealed for blood donations.
Survivors used bar stools to smash windows to climb out of and some hid beneath pool tables. One woman ran into the kitchen and was told by staff to climb a ladder into the attic.
Before SWAT teams entered the building, Long took his own life in an office inside. He used a legally purchased .45 caliber handgun to carry out the attack and had modified its magazine so it could hold more rounds.
Long served in the Marines as a machine gunner for five years between 2008 and 2013, during which time he was decorated with 10 medals and toured Afghanistan.
Long was a machine gunner in the Marines Corps and served until 2013 when he was given honorable discharge. He was deployed once to Afghanistan and received 10, standard-issue medals during his service
A shirtless man and two others carry an injured person out of the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night after Long opened fire at 11.20pm. Eleven people inside the bar were killed along with a cop who was one of the first on the scene. Long then took his own life in an office inside the building
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Cody Coffman’s father Jason confirmed his 22-year-old son was among the 12 dead victims.
The distraught father rushed to the bar after hearing news of the shooting and calls to his son’s cellphone went unanswered. Jason used a tracking app on his son’s phone and it indicated the device was still inside the venue.
He said he spoke to his son just before he went to the bar Wednesday night.
‘The first thing I said was ‘Please don’t drink and drive.’ The last thing I said was ‘Son, I love you’,’ he said.
Cody had plans to go into the military and was speaking with U.S. Army recruiters.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus
Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, 54, was first on the scene of the shooting on Wednesday night.
Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus
Helus was shot multiple times as he and a California Highway Patrol officer exchanged fire with the gunman inside the bar.
He was a 29-year veteran of the department. He was speaking to his wife Karen when he received the call about a mass shooting. The last thing he said to her was: ‘Hon, I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call’.
Alaina, the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, also died in the shooting.
Her suitemate at Pepperdine University had earlier posted photos on Twitter saying that the freshman was missing.
Alaina’s Apple Watch and iPhone appeared to still show her location as inside the bar. She was at the bar with several friends who have all been accounted for.
Justin Meek was identified as one of the slain victims by his family and his former college.
The 23-year-old, who was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, worked at the bar where he was killed.
Meek is believed to have heroically saved lives as the shooting unfolded, according to university president Chris Kimball.
Sean Adler, 48, was working as a bouncer at the Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed.
He was a wrestling coach who had only recently opened a coffee shop in the local area.
Justin Meek (left) and Sean Adler (right)
Noel Sparks, a 21-year-old student at Moorpark College, was also confirmed dead. The United Methodist Church in Westlake Village, of which she was a member, posted condolences to her parents on Facebook.
Sparks’ friends had been in tears throughout the day as they desperately searched for her in the aftermath of the shooting.
Blake Dingman, 21, was identified by his girlfriend as a victim of the mass shooting.
Noel Sparks (left) and Blake Dinghma (right)
Borderline employee Telemachus Orfanos was also among those confirmed dead.
Orfanos was an Eagle Scout who served in the Navy. Friends said that he was a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting massacre in Las Vegas last year, in which 58 died.
Survivors of the Las Vegas shooting regularly gathered in the Borderline bar for country music night as a way of offering mutual support and healing.
Orfanos’ social media indicates he attended the local Thousand Oaks High School and Moorepark College.
Dozens of survivors of last year’s Las Vegas massacre where 59 people were tragically killed were also at Wednesday’s California bar shooting.
‘It’s the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened,’ Nick Champion told OnSceneTV. ‘I was in the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, as well as probably 50 or 60 others who were in the building at the same time as me tonight.’
Champion and his friends were inside country music bar Borderline Bar and Grill for student night Wednesday, when ex-marine Ian Long, 29, stormed in, shooting dead 12 before turning the gun on himself.
He and other Las Vegas survivors considered Borderline a ‘place of healing’ and gathered at the same bar for a memorial on a student night earlier this year. The group of survivors posed in front of a Borderline sign while holding a Route 91 Harvest banner.
‘It’s a big thing for us. We all are a big family, and unfortunately, this family got hit twice,’ Champion said.
Nick Champion says he and 50 to 60 other Las Vegas survivors were at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks California during Wednesday night’s shooting
Champion and other survivors held a Route 91 Harvest banner at Borderline earlier this year where they often gathered and developed a ‘family-like’ bond
Witnesses and survivors comfort each other as they stand near the scene of the shooting at the at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, last night
Wednesday’s traumatic experience is all too familiar for those who survived the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas.
The shooting on October 1, 2017, killed 59 and become the worst in US history.
Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire through the windows of his suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel which overlooked the country music festival – an event that attracted many of the same audience as those at Borderline.
‘A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,’ Chandler Gunn told the Los Angeles Times. ‘There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.’
Katie Ray, 25, told the Huffington Post she survived the Vegas shooting with her fiance who she met at Borderline.
Ray, who has been frequenting Borderline since 2014, described the bar as ‘a place of healing’ for the group of Vegas survivors.
In an interview with Billboard earlier this year, Champion said he and about 30 to 40 survivors gathered for a concert at Borderline the Friday after the Las Vegas shooting.
‘That was rough. That was when it really sank in – you have that realization that even when you do normal things, it’s not necessarily going to feel or be normal,’ he said at the time. ‘A big group of us were hanging out by one of the exits, where you go through the kitchen and you can get out if you need to.’
Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest last year after the shooting which saw 59 people killed
Champion is pictured with friends at the Las Vegas country music festival where the largest mass shooting in US history occurred
Borderline Bar and Grill is described as the county’s ‘Largest Country Dance Hall & Live Music Venue’ and boasts of 2,500 sqft of open dance floor, with pool tables, games and flat-screen TVs.
Savannah Stafseth, who was outside on the patio when the shooting started, told the LA Times: ‘There are no words. Those are my people. It’s just not fair. It’s not fair. All these people after Route 91. It’s not fair.’
Ian Long, 29, is the gunman who opened fire on Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday
Thousand Oaks is known as an area with low crime and is considered one of the safest cities in America.
Another witness toldABC7 California TV station: ‘A lot of my friends survived Route 91. If they survived that, they will survive this.’
The 13th death was the shooter when he turned the gun on himself as police arrived at the scene.
Long stormed the Borderline Bar and Grill, wearing a black trench coat and armed with a pistol equipped with an extended magazine and smoke grenades, and began targeting people as young as 18.
Among those killed was a Ventura County sheriff sergeant called Ron Helus, who was responding to the emergency call.
Around ten to 15 more victims were thought to be injured during the mass shooting, including a bouncer, a young female cashier and college students.
A Ventura County Sheriff’s Office official said around 30 shots were fired inside the building.
The gunman then shot himself before police got inside the popular country music venue.
Police officers guard the road leading to the Borderline Bar and Grill. The killer shot himself before police were able to get inside the building
Many inside the bar had to throw bar stools to break the windows and escape as the gunman opened fire