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Thousand Oaks Shooter Mocked ‘Hopes and Prayers’ in Pre-Shooting Facebook Post

Thousand Oaks Shooter Mocked ‘Hopes and Prayers’ in Pre-Shooting Facebook Post

Minutes later the veteran, who served in Afghanistan, uploaded another post that read: "I hope people call me insane (two smiley face emojis)... wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony?"

"It's hard, because I've been doing this for 41 years, and you don't leave things unfinished", Dean, who'd been considering retirement, told ABC News' David Muir.

But it was the last conversation the couple would ever have.

But a law enforcement official said Ian David Long went on social media during the attack and posted about his mental state and whether people would believe he was sane.

The father-of-one was the first officer to enter the premises, along with a highway patrolman who was passing by.

Upon hearing the gunshots, he immediately grabbed people around him and brought them to the ground for cover. Though he was pulled out of the line of fire, he died in hospital yesterday.

Sheriff Geoff Dean of Ventura County police said at least six off-duty officers were at the bar, which was hosting a country music night.

He said the death toll may have been even higher were it not for Sgt Helus' bravery.

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Family members are led into the Thousand Oaks Teen Center where families have gathered after a deadly shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018. "First thing I said is, 'please don't drink and drive.' Last thing I said is, 'I love you'".

"There are hundreds of thousands of people with PTSD", said Colell.

Ventura County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of shots fired at Borderline Bar and Grill, located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. "He was a good guy", the friend told the network.

"He went in there to save lives".

"He was just a great guy, a gentle soul", Buschow said. It is annually listed as one of the safest cities in America. Brendan Kelly was on the dance floor when the shooting started, and survived by fleeing through a back door, becoming part of a rare group that has survived two mass shootings. When the gunfire was over, 12 people were dead, including a Navy veteran who had lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history a year ago.

Numerous victims were students at local colleges including Pepperdine University, Moorpark College and California State University Channel Islands.

"God bless all of the victims and families of the victims", he wrote.

Authorities at the time anxious that the 28-year-old Afghanistan war veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder but a mental health specialist concluded there were no grounds to have him involuntarily committed.