Sergeant slain in bar shooting "died a hero", sheriff says

Mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks CA dozens reportedly injured incl police officer

Mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks CA dozens reportedly injured incl police officer

The suspect, who was armed with a.45-caliber handgun, was found deceased at the Borderline Bar and Grill, the scene of the shooting in the city of Thousand Oaks northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

While authorities have not named all 12 victims in the shooting, a father of one person who died identified his 22-year-old son as among those who were killed.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Capt. Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office told reporters that the shooter was still "confined" inside the restaurant and that there was no longer an immediate threat to residents in the area. Sergeant Helus was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds.

"He died tonight going in to try to save others and paid the ultimate sacrifice", Dean said. "We don't know where the other ones are, we don't know if they're OK or not".

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean briefs reporters at the intersection of United States 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.

The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday.

People gathered near the scene of the shooting, hugging and crying as red and blue lights from police cars flickered in the background. Dean said it's not clear if Long did reload during the shooting, or how many times. Long was among the dead, but it's unclear whether or not he took his own life or if he was killed by police.

Ventura County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Borderline Bar and Grill, some 40 miles west of L.A., at about 11:20 p.m.

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The sheriff of Ventura County, California is describing what happened late Wednesday night when a gunman killed 12 people at a bar.

Officials said shots were still being fired when the first officers arrived at the scene.

"We are consistently ranked one of the highest with respect to the lowest crime rate per capita, we're proud of that", Fox said.

Eyewitnesses report seeing a hooded gunman dressed in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" in Southern California.

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

"I heard a gunshot, I turned around and I saw him shoot a couple more times", student Teylor Whittler, 19, told CNN affiliate KABC.

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

Cody Coffman, 22, went to the Borderline Bar and Grill most Wednesday nights to line dance. "There's a fence right there so I said, 'Everyone get over the fence as quickly as you can, ' and I followed them over".

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