At a Glance | November 13

12 Killed in California Bar Shooting During Weekly Event for College Students

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A 28-year-old man fatally shot 12 people and injured 18 others at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7. Authorities said Ian David Long, a veteran of the US Marines Corps who may have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, tossed a smoke bomb into the Borderline Bar and Grill (pictured) and started shooting. The bar was hosting a weekly “College Country Night.” Among those killed was a sheriff’s sergeant responding to the scene. Police found Long dead in a back room of the bar from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Law enforcement have not determined a motive. Long, who lived with his mother in Newbury Park, California, was on active duty with the Marines from April 2008 to March 2013 as a machine gunner and reached the rank of corporal. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long was irate and acted irrationally toward deputies called to his home in April.


Teacher Charged With Threatening to Shoot Up School in Cranford Where He Works

A faculty member at a middle school in Cranford (Union County) will undergo a mental health screening as he faces charges for making threats against the school. According to an affidavit for probable cause following his arrest on November 2, Matthew Acosta of Kenilworth (Union County) stated that he should bring a gun to Orange Avenue School and shoot up the place. Dr. Scott Rubin, superintendent of the Cranford Public School District, noted that the comment was made to another faculty member, who reported the threat to the school’s principal. The Cranford Police Department was alerted and conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of the 33-year-old. “The safety of our school community is a shared responsibility. I want to thank that faculty member for coming forward and making a report. We continue to encourage our entire community to please say something if you hear or see something and that is what this individual did,” Rubin said in a letter to parents. Acosta is charged with third-degree terroristic threats and fourth-degree risking widespread injury or damage. Chief of Police Ryan Greco said there will be an increased security presence at the school for the time being.


Gunman in Florida Yoga Studio Shooting Posted Mysogynistic Videos, Songs

A Deltona, Florida, man who killed two and injured several others at a yoga studio before turning the gun on himself on November 2 posted dozens of sexist and racist videos and songs to social media accounts prior to the attack. Videos titled “The Rebirth of My Mysogynism” and “The Dangers of Diversity” are among 17 uploads to an account appearing to belong to Scott Beierle that has since been taken down by YouTube. In the videos, the 40-year-old said he believed interracial couples stemmed from mental illness and that promiscuous women should be crucified. In one video, Beierle compared himself to Elliot Rodger, a self-described “incel”—involuntary celibate—who killed six people in 2014. Police reports indicated Beierle had been arrested in 2012 and 2016 for groping women. Police said Beierle died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, after fatally shooting Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, and injuring at least four others.


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