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Thousand Oaks Gunman Allegedly Groped His High School Track Coach

“He attacked me. He attacked his high school track coach. Who does that?” former Newbury Park High School track coach Dominique Colell told CBS Los Angeles on Thursday. 

The former track coach said one specific incident has stuck with her for more than a decade. She said a student on the track team handed her a lost phone and that Long approached her as she attempted to determine its owner. 

“Ian came up and started screaming at me that that was his phone,” Colell said. “And I said, ‘Hold on, I’m not giving you this phone. I don’t know who’s phone it is.’ He just started grabbing me, he groped my butt, he groped my stomach, he went around me — I pushed him off me. I said, ‘I’m not giving you this cell phone. Get off.’ And I said, ‘You know what, for that, you’re off the team.’”  

Colell said the school administration pressured her to let Long back on the team and not press charges so that his future in the Marine Corps wouldn’t be jeopardized. 

Long, 28, shot and killed 13 people, including himself, during a “College Country Night” at the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday. 

Wednesday’s shooting in Thousand Oaks marks the 307th mass shooting in the U.S. this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive’s records. 

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