LOS ANGELES SHOOTING | Fil-Am among 12 killed in Southern California massacre
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(NOVEMBER 9, 2018) – An 18-year-old Filipino-American student was among the 12 killed in a shooting incident at Thousand Oaks, California on Thursday (Manila time).
A report from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) identified the victim as Alaina Punzalan Housley, a freshman from Pepperdine University.
Alaina is also the niece of Hollywood actress Tamera Mowry-Housley.
According to wire reports, a former United States Marine combat veteran opened fire in Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, located northwest of Los Angeles. The area bar and dance hall was filled with college students.
The gunman, identified by police as 28-year-old Ian David Long, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Long reportedly went into a shooting spree with a .45-caliber Glock handgun, said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.
“Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this,” Dean said.
Long was in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2013, reaching the rank of corporal and serving as a machine gunner in Afghanistan. The sheriff said it was possible that Long had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his military tour of duty.