12 killed, gunman dead in mass shooting at California bar

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2018

An unknown number of people were also wounded during the attack at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a Country & Western venue in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks where a crowd had gathered for a night of dancing, drinking and eating.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, a 54-year-old and 29-year veteran, was among those killed while responding to the scene.

At 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Helus' body will be transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to westbound Janss Road. The sheriff said Sgt. Helus undoubtedly saved lives by going in to confront the gunman. "He gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean added. Information on the victims has not yet been released.

Ventura County Geoff Dean addresses the media about the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018.

On Wednesday night, students gathered for college country night between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to the bar's website.

In a chilling coincidence, numerous people inside were also survivors of the Route 91 shooting - the most deadly in modern USA history. "As soon as we heard a break in the shooting we knew he was reloading and we threw a couple of bar stools through the closest to us so we could get out". Police said he killed himself.

Adam and Tamera had been looking for their niece, Alaina Housley, who was at the bar that night but had not been seen since, Castillo reported.

Sheriff's deputy speaks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene, November 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people.

Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said deputies could hear gunfire when they arrived.

During an interview with CNN, Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Helus was a "true cop's cop", enthusiastic and excited about his work in law enforcement.

He first shot a security guard standing outside, then went in and opened fire on staff members and patrons, the sheriff said.

"I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in", Dean told reporters when asked if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks.

The FBI are now at the scene of the shooting and the bomb squad has been requested.

The gunman has been revealed as 28-year-old veteran Long, who used a Glock 21.45-calibre handgun with an extended magazine to carry out the mass slaughter, according to officials.

The incident happened at the Borderline Bar and Grill, about 40 miles north of LA.

"Within a split second, everybody yelled 'get down, ' " she said.

Dean said that investigators were seeking a search warrant to look through Long's house, where he lived with his mother.

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