The mother of a young man who survived last year's gun massacre in Las Vegasonly to be killed by another gunman in a California bar this week has made an impassioned plea for gun control. I feel like someone came into my home and destroyed my family - someone came into my house and ruined the place where we all came to be safe. "I would make fun of him, because he would drag me there".
Police say the suspect was dressed in black, and forced his way into the bar after shooting the bouncer.
"I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military", Tom Hanson said.
Terrified patrons scrambled for the exits after the gunman started shooting a handgun in the Borderline Bar and Grill around 11:20 PM on Wednesday before killing himself, they said.
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.
Long was a former USA marine and neighbours said he was possibly suffering from PTSD.
Gunn said his friend, whose name he didn't provide, escaped safely out the back.
Late in the evening this past Wednesday, a gunman walked into the Thousand Oaks bar in Ventura, slaying 13 individuals and wounding 18 others, one of the fatalities being a sheriffs sergeant.
Borderline was having a weekly country night and the Vegas shooter targeted a crowd of country fans gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
The gunman was said to have suffered from PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. Some smashed windows and jumped out.
"Life is fragile", Johnston said, his voice choking. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives. So far, police have not stated as to what the shooter's motive was.
"It is our home", he said. You're always picking up on social cues.
Friends and family awaiting news about their loved ones at a family reunification center in Thousand Oaks were met by survivors of other mass shootings in a show of support following Wednesday night's tragedy at the Borderline Bar & Grill.
"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. I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month.
"He'd be the first to rush in to try to solve the problem to try to neutralize that threat, so I know he didn't have a moment's hesitation to go in when he heard those shots", Keradjian said. "I'm here for a reason".