Sheriff: 13 Dead in Southern California Shooting

Authorities responded to a report of an active shooter at a Thousand Oaks nightclub

A gunman burst into a packed bar in Southern California and opened fire on people line dancing, killing at least 12 before he was found dead at the scene, authorities said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m., the sheriff said. "It can happen anywhere".

It was the latest chapter in America's epidemic of gun violence. "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". His face was partly covered as he shot at people in the club.

Some mistook the gunfire for firecrackers when he began shooting, the New York Times reported. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that majority were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows.

There were several contacts between law enforcement and Long in the past.

"It's a horrific incident", Dean told reporters.

Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said he could not confirm whether any of those shot were dead.

Hundreds of people were inside the bar when the shooting occurred, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Forensics officers scour the scene at the Borderline Bar & Grill after the shooting.

"He went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean said of Helus, his voice breaking. The extent of the surviving victims' injuries wasn't immediately known.




Officials have not released the names of all the victims as they worked to notify the families. Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside. He died in an area hospital Thursday morning. Three people were seen carrying someone, and paramedics applied bandages to the man, who had blood on his back. Neighbors told local news channel ABC6 that Long lived with his mother, who had expressed concern over her son's behavior.

Ron Helus was shot dead after confronting a gunman who'd opened fire on innocent revelers during an under 21s student night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. The suspect was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served from 2008 to 2013. He was deployed to Afghanistan from November 16, 2010 to June 14, 2011, the Marine Corps said.

The sheriff said Long is believed to have killed himself after opening fire on the crowd.

Police have not identified a motive. Investigators are working out the details of what transpired, Dean added. However, mental health specialists who were called in "talked to him, and cleared him".

Thousand Oaks was named the third-safest city in the United States for 2018 by the website Niche.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the tragedy Thursday morning, thanking law enforcement for their bravery.

"Great bravery shown by police".

At least 11 people were wounded in a shooting in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, reports CBS Los Angeles.

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