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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded former Marine dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparently taking his own life, authorities said Thursday.

Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting in Thousand Oaks California, Photo Date: 11/8/18 / Photo: Bulaproductions / Instagram / (MGN)

Authorities said the motive for the attack Wednesday night was under investigation.

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran who authorities said had an episode of erratic behavior last spring that was thought to be post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military background.

Patrons at the bar screamed in fear, shouted “Get down!” and used barstools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire erupted at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a hangout popular with students from nearby California Lutheran University. The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

The killer deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. That, in turn, closely followed the series of pipe bombs mailed to critics of President Donald Trump.


Wednesday night at about 10:35, according to the police log, a male subject advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office he received a call from his friends wife. She advised that her husband went hunting and has not returned. She went out to where he was hunting on Old 14 Road near Kroll Road and found his truck but he is not around. Rusk County deputies, the Bruce ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department were called to the scene. A Rusk County deputy spoke with the female and she was not sure why he would be hunting there. Just after 11 PM Wednesday, a County deputy reportedly could hear someone yelling for help. The deputy searched just East of the incident location. There was a squad car parked in the field with its lights on. At 11:50 PM Wednesday night the subject was found and was OK. The EMS checked the patient who refused transport. No other information was available.

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — The man arrested for breaking into the Closs family home made his initial appearance in Barron County Court, Wednesday.

Kyle Jaenke-Annis, 32, of Cameron was arrested in late October after investigators say he admitted to going into the Closs home without permission and stole multiple items including clothing and underwear that belongs to Jayme Closs.

Jaenke-Annis is charged with burglary and bail jumping. He’s scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing later this month.

Barron county sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said there are no new updates on Jayme’s disappearance or her parents’ deaths, but says investigators are still working hard on the case and following up on any possible leads.

He asked that people still call the tip line with any information on the case.

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Police have busted three people for making counterfeit money.

In March, Taylor Simpson, 28, and Austin Kurth, 23, were arrested in a Chippewa Falls parking lot on meth, marijuana and gun charges.

Authorities said inside the car the two were in, they found 45 counterfeit $100 bills all with the same serial number.

According to the criminal complaint, Simpson and Kurth, who is not pictured, propositioned Elijah Stone, 33, to make counterfeit money.

Investigators believe they used a HP printer to make the bills out of parchment paper.

Stone is charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor. Simpson faces two felonies, Kurth faces one.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire police along with fire and rescue are searching for a missing soldier and another person.

A News 18 reporter has confirmed crews are looking for James Liedtka, 28, who has been missing since Sunday. While on scene, News 18 has also learned searchers are looking for a second missing person. The identity of that person is not immediately known.

Few other details are available, but News 18 is expecting information from police shortly.

One Million Now! Scratch Ticket Has Second $1 Million Winner

Kathleen Morawski of New Berlin has won the second top prize of $1,000,000 playing the One Million Now! scratch game.

Morawski purchased her $30 One Million Now! ticket at Pick ‘n Save at 15170 West Greenfield Avenue in Brookfield.

Retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2% of the winning ticket amount up to $100,000.

This was the last $1,000,000 top prize available in the One Million Now! scratch game.

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