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Young Fil-Am among 12 fatalities in California bar mass shooting —DFA


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One of the 12 fatalites in a California bar mass shooting was an 18-year-old Filipino-American, the Philippine Department  of Foreign affairs said.

Quoting DFA Assistant Sectretary Elmer Cato, GMA News' Manny Vargas on Dobol B sa News TV identified the Fil-Am victim as Alaina Ponzalan Housley, a freshman at Pepperdine University.

Alaina's high school friends posted photos of her on her Facebook account for remembrance.

An earlier Reuters report indicated that a gunman opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar popular among college students, killing 12 people including a sheriff's deputy, California police said.

The gunman, identified by authorities as Ian David Long, 28, was found dead in the office of the Borderline Bar and Grill, located in Thousand Oaks, a suburb about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Los Angeles after the incident at about 11:30 p.m. PST on Wednesday (0730 GMT Thursday), apparently having shot himself.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told a news conference on Thursday morning that Long had apparently fired at random with a .45-caliber Glock handgun with an extra-capacity magazine. There was no known motive, he said.

"Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this," Dean said. "Obviously he had some sort of issues." —LBG, GMA News

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