Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox says his California city now joins other communities that have to rely on hope to move forward following a mass shooting. Fox was one of the mourners who attended a gathering Thursday evening to remember the 12 people shot and killed by a Marine veteran at the packed Borderline Bar & Grill the night before. The mother of one victim says she doesn’t want prayers or thoughts, but for Congress to pass gun control “so no one else has a child that doesn’t come home.”
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Neighbors of the man who shot and killed 12 people at country music bar in California say Ian David Long was combative with his mother inside the suburban Los Angeles home they shared, and in April, police were called to the home. Authorities brought in a mental health specialist who concluded that Long could not be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation but worried that the former Marine might have post-traumatic stress disorder.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — One of the 12 people shot and killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California had survived last year’s massacre in Las Vegas. Twenty-seven-year-old Telemachus Orfanos was a U.S. Navy veteran. Victim Cody Coffman had just turned 22 and was preparing to serve in the Army. His father wept as he told a group of reporters that his son was among the dead. Twenty-one-year-old college student Noel Sparks had just posted a photo of herself dancing at the Borderline Wednesday night.
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Paradise, California, resident Mark Bass says he and his family were surrounded by fire as they escaped a fast-moving wildfire in the Northern California town. Bass, who’s also a Chico police officer, got his family out Thursday and returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man who tried to carry his bedridden wife to safety. Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean says, “Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it’s that kind of devastation.”
HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (AP) — A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina turned out to be malfunctioning water heater. News reports quote Pender County emergency management director Tom Collins as saying that noise from the water heater was taken for the sound of gunfire at Topsail High School on Friday morning. The earlier report of shots fired provoked a massive response by law enforcement and caused the school district to reroute buses and put schools on lockdown.