Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

At least 12 killed at California bar shooting

At least 12 killed at California bar shooting

The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, Dean told reporters. The highway patrolman pulled Helus out, then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived.

Helus, who lived in neighboring Moorpark with his wife and son, died at about 2 a hospital.

"He was totally committed", Dean said.

"He gave his all ... he went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean said.

Chandler Gunn, 23, told the San Diego Tribune that when he heard about the shooting he rushed to the bar and called a friend who works at Borderline, who like numerous bar's regular patrons was also at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman killed 58 people and wounded hundreds.

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Officials say the suspect, who has not been identified, was found dead inside. No other information on them was immediately known.

Other witnesses described seeing and hearing people smashing windows with barstools to create escape routes from the bar.

Officers from at least three law-enforcement agencies combed the area around the Borderline Bar & Grill in search of the gunman who opened fire on the popular country-and-Western venue about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean briefs reporters at the intersection of USA 101 freeway and the Moorpark Rad exit as police vehicles close off the area responding to a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 8, 2018. According to the bar's website, a "College Country" night was going on at the time of the shooting.

"People started running to the back door", she said.

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Authorities say multiple people were injured at a shooting at a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night. The gunman was still believed to be inside the bar an hour later, according to a police official.

Hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks when Long, armed with an uzi, unleashed a terrifying barrage of smoke bombs before opening fire and killing 12 people, leaving "blood everywhere". It was not clear whether he killed himself or was killed by officers, Dean said.

A law enforcement officer said the suspect used a.45-caliber handgun, created to hold a magazine of 10 rounds. It's unclear whether he took his own life or if the attack was terror-related.

Thousand Oaks, one of the largest cities in Ventura County, is about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.

Justin Meek, 23, was one of those killed at the country music night on Wednesday.

Law enforcement was ushering Helus' casket through town in a motorcade, and crowds began to line the streets as Harris Faulkner interviewed Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian on the incident. He said he had an army of friends and families on alert, making calls, and watching the news looking out for his son.

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