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The gunman who fatally shot at least 12 people at a crowded country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was identified on Thursday as a 28-year-old who had served in the Marine Corps.

The Ventura County sheriff, Geoff Dean, said that the suspect, Ian David Long of Newbury Park, Calif., apparently took his own life after being confronted by officers responding to the Wednesday night attack. The .45-caliber handgun he used was purchased legally, but had been outfitted with an extended magazine.

WIBC host Tony Katz spoke with survivor Tyler Spady Thursday morning about what he witnessed.


“I was standing by the stage where people dance and I started walking towards the bar as the shooter was coming in and starting firing.

…After he shot a few people near the door, he turned the gun in my direction and starting shooting into the crowd that I was by. I took cover and jumped over a wall and waited for him to reload.

…I immediately started heading for the door and took off by heading through the kitchen. I started running towards the neighborhood behind the bar. I threw a couple girls over a wall and we began knocking on doors and asking people to let us inside where we would be safe.”

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