Thousand Oaks shooter reportedly never contacted the Corps for PTSD issues
The Corps refuted claims that the 28-year-old Thousand Oaks Shooter had a history of PTSD.
As is so often the case, when a white male commits mass murder, the media is quick to paint him as someone with a troubled past.
Soon after the Thousands Oaks shooter, Ian Long, killed 12 people at a county music bar, the reports of his PTSD started doing the rounds.
Several of his neighbors and a former classmate claimed that Long had a long history with PTSD, but it appears as though that wasn't the case.
Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.
TMZ reached out to the Marines, were Long served from 2010 to 2011 as a machine gunner, but were informed that the Marines had no record of it on file.
The #ThousandOaks shooter's high school track coach says he sexually assaulted her. She also says school officials pressured her to keep quiet as not to ruin his career in the Marines. @joybenedict reports: https://t.co/DrHFJvqlr9 pic.twitter.com/lLYFGoxAuu— Sam Gavin (@samgavinLA) November 9, 2018
During that time, however, Long's marriage deteriorated, and the couple divorced when he returned from active duty in 2013.
Long never enrolled for the VA health care either, and no other mention of PTSD could be found. Long did, however, say the following on social media:
"I hope people call me insane .. wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah ... I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is "hopes and prayers" .. or "keep you in my thoughts" ... every time ... and wonder why these keep happening ..."
My God.. at least 12 dead in this latest US mass shooting, many more wounded.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 8, 2018
Young people enjoying themselves in a nightclub, in one of America's safest cities.
Just horrendous. #thousandoaks pic.twitter.com/wgCgVKMkzB
While his motives for the killings are not yet known, Daily Mail reported that Long believed his ex-girlfriend was at the bar that night.
Initial reports say that he was gunned down by the police, but an autopsy report confirmed that Long turned the gun on himself.
Sending our love from Las #Vegas to #ThousandOaks. We know all too well the hurt, pain and heartbreak you are feeling today. #ThousandOaksStrong and #VegasStrong. #CaliforniaShooting #BorderLineShooting pic.twitter.com/I8CK1eOGvR— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) November 8, 2018
According to reports from those close to Long, the former marine had a temper and was often overheard yelling at his mother.
Eight months ago, law enforcement was called out after one particular fight. Police called in mental health specialists, but they "concluded there were no grounds to have Long involuntarily committed."
The investigation officers "decided not to detain him under laws that allow for the temporary detention of people with psychiatric issues."