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People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night." 

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - The country music community is mourning the loss of the 12 people who were killed by a lone gunman in Southern California overnight.

According to authorities, the suspect used a handgun to open fire during college night at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks before apparently taking his own life.

The killer has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a veteran who authorities said was believed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military background.

News4 is updating this story as we receive more statements from the country music community.

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