California gunman’s life was both unremarkable and troubled

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities haven’t settled on a theory of why Ian David Long shot and killed 12 people at a Southern California bar. His family isn’t talking, either.

That has left a community still in mourning to wonder why, but also who — who was the man who shattered the sense of security in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks?

First reports suggested an unremarkable life.

Long enlisted in the Marines and got married by 19. Within five years, he was honorably discharged and had started college.

But as the picture sharpened, troubling details emerged of a deeply disturbed man.

They’re the kinds of clues that, in hindsight, make people wonder out loud whether the impulse that led Long to methodically kill had been forming in plain sight.

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