California bar shooter Ian David Long posted information about his military service on a special forces forum called Shadowspear in March 2017.
In his post, Long said he had served in Afghanistan, was an infantry machine gunner in the US Marine Corps for four and a half years, and was an instructor in Okinawa.
Here’s part of what he wrote:
“I was honorably discharged in 2013. I am graduating with a B.S. in Athletic Training in two months. I found out a little too late that just wasn’t the job for me. Maybe the ego got the better of me but it took only one time for a 19 year old D-2 athlete to talk down to me and tell me how to do my job that I realized this wasn’t the career I wanted to head.”
CNN also spoke to a friend who served with Long, who confirmed the suspected gunman had served in Afghanistan and moved to southern California to pursue a degree in sports medicine.