Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies stand outside the house of shooter David Ian Long in Newbury Park, California, on Thursday.

Shooter Ian David Long’s mother “lived in fear” of what her son might do, saying when police were called to the house earlier this year “it took them about a half a day to get him out of the house,” a neighbor told CNN.

Neighbor Richard Berge said Long’s mother told him she was concerned about her son, though not worried about her own safety, and that “she was… kind of beside herself, she didn’t know what to do because he wouldn’t get help.” 

Berge continued: “When I saw the house this morning, I knew what it was,” referring to the police activity.

Earlier today, police said they responded to Long’s house this April. Here’s how Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean described it:

“In April of this year, deputies were called to his house for a ‘subject disturbing.’ They went to the house, they talked to him. He was somewhat irate. Acting a little irrationally. They called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialists who met with him, talked to him and cleared him. Didn’t feel he was qualified to be taken under 5150. And he was left at that scene last April.”



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