Police Officer Among 13 Dead In Bar Shooting In Thousand Oaks, California

Police Officer Among 13 Dead In Bar Shooting In Thousand Oaks, California

Police Officer Among 13 Dead In Bar Shooting In Thousand Oaks, California

"We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night's shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks", the statement said.

Multiple people, including a police officer, were injured late Wednesday when an unidentified man opened fire at a bar in Southern California, AP reported.

Authorities have identified the suspect who killed 12 people at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., as 28-year-old Ian David Long.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said during a news conference Thursday morning that his department has had "several contacts with Mr". Sergeant Helus was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds. The shooter was found dead inside, authorities said.

"And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives".

He had other interactions with law enforcement, including a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of a battery at a bar.

Possibly several hundred people were in the Borderline Bar and Grill at an event for college students when the shooting erupted, said Gary Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office. The shooter fired upon the police officers when they entered the bar.

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Police described the scene as "horrific" and said there was blood everywhere.

It was "college night" at the bar, and many students were there to learn the country two-step.

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A witness told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that he saw a security guard get shot, adding that the gunman appeared to use "a big handgun" and smoke grenades.

"I have nothing to believe there is any terrorism link but we will certainly look at that option", he said.

The gunman entered the California bar dressed in black and armed with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Thousand Oaks is a very safe community", Kuredjian said.

"He had a great sense of humor and like most Marines who have seen combat it could get dark at times, just like all of us", Kellogg said.

"A lot of people were just running around, young kids, and I just heard the gunshots going even as I was running to the auto", Dominguez said while fighting back tears.

Cody Coffman, 22, went to the Borderline Bar and Grill most Wednesday nights to line dance. She said everyone yelled "Get down!" and then it was silent for a few seconds.

There was no screaming, she said.

Thousand Oaks is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and It's considered one of the safest large cities in the country, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics, USA Today reported.

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