Light shines from inside The Borderline Bar and Grill, the scene of a mass shooting on Nov. 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. At least 12 people have died, including a Ventura County Sheriffs Department sergeant, plus the gunman.
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Fil-Am killed in California shooting
( - November 9, 2018 - 9:45am

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino-American student was among the 12 people killed in a mass shooting at a country music bar packed with college students in Los Angeles, California late Wednesday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has expressed its condolences to the family of 18-year-old Alaina Punzalan Housley, a freshman student at Pepperdine University.

Consul General Adel Angelito Cruz of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles conveyed this information to the DFA, according to spokesperson Elmer Cato.

"The Consulate General continues to monitor developments related to the incident that took place inside a crowded dance bar in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 minutes west of Los Angeles," Cato said.

The Consulate General is coordinating with authorities to check if other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans were killed or injured in the mass shooting.

Authorities have identified the suspect in a mass shooting at a Southern California bar as 28-year-old Ian David Long.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long is believed to have killed himself late Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks.

Dean said his department had several previous contacts with the former Marine including a call to his home in April when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

The sheriff said a mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

Dean said the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of a battery at a bar.

Long was found dead in the Borderline Bar and Grill after 12 people were shot to death late Wednesday. — Patricia Lourdes Viray with AP

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LATEST UPDATE: September 1, 2019 - 9:29am

The family of the suspect in the deadly Toronto mass shooting says he suffered from severe mental health problems, but relatives "could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end."

Faisal Hussain's family expressed condolences in a statement. It said the family was "utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news" that the 29-year-old was responsible for the rampage.

The attacker fired into restaurants and cafes in a lively neighborhood late Sunday, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 other people. He died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Hussain's family says he struggled with psychosis and depression throughout his life, and medications and therapy didn't work to treat him.

The relatives say their "hearts are in pieces for the victims."

September 1, 2019 - 9:29am

At least five people have been killed in a mass shooting that left 21 victims, police in the US state of Texas says.

"We have at least 21 victims, 21 shooting victims and at least five deceased at this point in time," a public affairs officer for Odessa police tells reporters.

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales tells Fox News that three police officers were among those shot, but they were expected to survive. — AFP

August 16, 2019 - 11:15am

President Donald Trump says more mental hospitals are needed to take potential mass killers off the streets in response to recent mass shootings, while staying quiet on a pledge to toughen gun laws.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters estimated at around 12,000 in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump did not once mention his efforts to push for background checks on would-be gun purchasers.

Instead, he focused on the theory that the endless spate of mass killings carried out by men with easily obtained semi-automatic rifles is mostly down to lack of mental facilities. —  AFP

August 4, 2019 - 2:21pm

Texas authorities are investigating the mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso as a possible hate crime, the city's police chief says, as authorities study an online manifesto linked to the suspect.

A 21-year-old from Allen, a suburb of Dallas, surrendered to police outside the store after the rampage that left 20 people dead and 26 wounded.

US media identified him as Patrick Crusius, who is white, and linked him to a "manifesto" posted online that includes passages railing against the "Hispanic invasion" of Texas. — AFP

March 23, 2019 - 2:24pm

Local media report that the.teenager who survived the Parkland school shooting in Florida has killed herself while struggling with survivors' guilt.

Sydney Aiello, 19, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last February 14 when a former student opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, killing 14 students and three staff members.

Among the dead were two of Aiello's best friends, Meadow Pollack and Joaquin Oliver. — AFP

February 16, 2019 - 2:13pm

Authorities say five people were killed and multiple police officers were shot when a gunman opened fire in an industrial area on the outskirts of Chicago, the latest mass shooting to hit the United States.

The shooting took place at approximately 1:28 pm (1928 GMT), at a giant  manufacturing complex in Aurora, Illinois -- a small suburb 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of central Chicago. — AFP

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