Thousand Oaks shooter's former coach said he sexually assaulted her in high school and was troubled long before the Marine Corps

  • Authorities have identified Ian David Long, a Marine combat veteran, as the shooter who opened fire in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, killing 12 people and himself.
  • Neighbours and law-enforcement officials told reporters that Long might have had post-traumatic stress disorder, though there is no evidence of a medical diagnosis or whether he had sought treatment.
  • Long’s high-school track coach, Dominique Colell, told CBS Los Angeles on Thursday that he sexually assaulted her when he was a student.
  • In the interview, Colell was adamant that she didn’t think the shooting was related to PTSD.

Neighbours and law-enforcement officials have told local reporters that the Marine combat veteran who authorities say opened fire in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday may have had post-traumatic stress disorder from his war service.

On Thursday, his high-school track coach alleged that he assaulted her when he was a student, and she suggested he was violent well before enlisting.

Authorities say that Ian David Long, 28, an Afghanistan War veteran, killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday before dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean mentioned previous encounters with Long, including an incident at his home in nearby Newbury Park earlier this year in which he appeared emotionally disturbed, and initial reports cited neighbours who described Long as having PTSD, though there is no evidence of a medical diagnosis or whether he had sought treatment.


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Dominique Colell, Long’s high-school track coach, told CBS Los Angeles on Thursday that she thought it was unlikely that the shooting was related to Long’s combat experience.

In the interview, Colell also said that Long sexually assaulted her when she was his coach a decade earlier but that she was pressured not to report it by her colleagues.

Colell recalled that she had found a mobile phone that Long said was his, but she didn’t want to give it to him without checking first. Then he assaulted her, she said.

“He just started grabbing me,” she said in the interview. “He groped my butt. He groped my stomach.”

Colell also said that at the time, her fellow coaches felt that an assault allegation would hurt Long future in the Marine Corps. But she told the outlet she wished she had reported it then.

Colell said Long was troubled long before his combat experience, and she was adamant that she didn’t think the shooting was related to PTSD.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people with PTSD,” she said. “They don’t go around shooting people.”

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