Father mourns loss of first-born son in California rampage
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (CBS12| AP) —
A father in California broke down in tears after learning his first-born son is among the dead after a Marine combat veteran opened fire on a bar in Southern California, killing 12 people before taking his own life.
Jason Coffman, the father of victim Cody Coffman, fought back tears as he spoke to KCBS about his son.
Coffman said his first-born son was making plans to join the Army, and was really excited about having a baby sister in a few weeks.
The last words Coffman said to his son were, "Don't drink and drive," and "I love you."
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office identified the gunman as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former machine gunner and veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was interviewed by police at his home last spring after an episode of agitated behavior that they were told might be post-traumatic stress disorder.
Investigators said Long shot and killed a dozen people during "college night" at the Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday night.
The dead included a Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy, Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, husband and father who planned to retire soon.