The war vet who massacred 12 people in a California bar once shook with rage as he attacked a track coach at his high school, she recalled in a report.
Dominique Colell told the Los Angeles Times that Ian David Long lunged at her in the spring of 2008 when he was a senior at Newbury Park High School. Colell, then 28, was the girls track coach and also disciplined the boys team.
“He started to grab at me,” Colell told the paper. “He reached around and with one arm, groped my stomach. He grabbed my butt with the other arm.”
The incident erupted when the coach found a cellphone and was trying to figure out who owned it.
When Long saw Colell with the device, he rushed over, yelling expletives and demanding that she hand it over.
But she refused, telling him she needed to make sure it was his, by calling the number listed under “Mom.”
That’s when he lunged.
After that Colell said she demanded Long, “Get out!” and kicked him off the squad.
The next day, Long came to practice with flowers and begged to be allowed back on the team. Colell refused.
Another coach to whom Long had complained questioned her decision, and a high school administrator told her she was “just too young and good-looking to be taken seriously,” she said.
Other administrators and coaches pressured her to accept Long’s apology, telling her she was ruining his future since the incident would jeopardize his Marines application.
To her regret, she gave in, she said.
When Colell learned that Long, 28, barged into Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night and unloaded a hail of bullets before turning the gun on himself, her jaw dropped, she said.
“It was shocking — but it wasn’t shocking that it was him,” she said.