Gun violence

California gunman posted to social media, mocked "hopes and prayers" response to attacks

People in a circle at a vigil.
A vigil for the victims of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images

Gunman Ian David Long who killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, this week posted on social media "before and during the massacre," the Wall Street Journal reports.

The details: Per the Journal, Long posted on Facebook and Instagram immediately before the shooting and wrote around the time of the attack, "I hope people call me insane...wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah...I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is 'hopes and prayers'...or 'keep you in my thoughts'...every time...and wonder why these things keep happening."

Most mass shooters have a history of violence against women. The California shooter did too

Media crowds outside of suspected California shooter's home.
Media outside the home of suspected shooter Ian David Long. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images

The man that shot and killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday allegedly sexually assaulted his high school track and field coach when he was a student, BuzzFeed News reports, and his mother "lived in fear" of what he may do, according to CNN.

Why it matters: These details echo a disturbing pattern found from other recent shooters, who also had histories of violence against women.

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