Gunman identified in California bar shooting


The gunman who shot and killed a dozen people inside a packed California bar has been identified, according to a report Thursday.

But the 29-year-old suspect, who also died in the melee, has not yet been named publicly.

Sources told NBC News that he is heavily tattooed.

The weapon he used in the killing spree was a .45-caliber handgun, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.

The firearm was purchased in Ventura County, a source told the Los Angeles Times.

Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks was filled with college students when the gunman burst through, shooting 12 people around 11:20 p.m. local time.

It’s unclear how the suspect, who wasn’t carrying identification on him, died. He was described as a white man, armed with a handgun. He threw a smoke bomb before opening fire.

The shooter’s motive was unclear but Sheriff Geoff Dean said there was no evidence the slaughter was linked to terrorism.

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