"We All Just Trampled", California Bar Shooting Survivor Recalls

Shooting reported at California bar

Shooting reported at California bar

A former US Marine combat veteran opened fire in a Los Angeles area bar and dance hall filled with college students, killing 12 people in a mass shooting that stunned a Southern California community with a reputation for safety.

The gunman, identified by police as 28-year-old Ian David Long, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound following the Wednesday night massacre at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, a suburb 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant". Helus was a 29-year veteran and was looking to retire.

"He went in there to try to save people", Sheriff Dean said in a news conference. He was found dead in the office of the Borderline, after reportedly having shot himself.

Before SWAT teams entered the building, Long took his own life in an office inside.

Video from the scene accessed by The Associated Press is punctuated by loud sounds of several rounds of gunfire. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that". Other witnesses described people using bar stools to break windows and escape.

Suddenly, a man wearing a black trench coat and glasses approached the bar entrance and shot the security guard.

Kuredjian confirmed that a police officer was shot and had been taken to hospital.

"Borderline was our safe space after, for lack of a better term, it was our home for the probably 30 or 45 of us who are all from the greater Ventura County area who were in Vegas".

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She says his fellow students made fun of him because he had a lazy eye, and it affected him deeply.

Those who got out ran, the rapid gunfire echoing around them in the dark.

"It's a horrific scene in there", Mr Dean said in a press conference at a vehicle park.

Many more people had minor injuries, including some that came from their attempt to flee, Dean said. The Western-style bar hosts theme nights such as country, salsa and swing dancing.

"I heard a gunshot, I turned around and I saw him shoot a couple more times", student Teylor Whittler, 19, told CNN affiliate KABC. "There's a fence right there so I said, 'Everyone get over the fence as quickly as you can, ' and I followed them over". He lives near the bar and said numerous regulars grew up in the area and have known each other since childhood. They say the gunman did not say anything. "I just wanted to get down as soon as I heard the first shot go off". "I saw him point to the back at the cash register and he just kept firing". He was a Navy veteran and a gun hobbyist, who frequented shooting ranges and asked his parents if he could keep a gun in the house while he was living with them. "It's a big thing for us", Nicholas Champion told CBS, explaining he was with several people who were also with him in Las Vegas. "And the gunman started opening fire on the cashiers, the people working the cash register on the front desk".

Gunn said his friend, whose name he didn't provide, escaped safely out the back.

"The University offers its deepest condolences and is praying for everyone involved in tonight's tragic events", it tweeted.

Years after a divorce and a discharge and months after shouting brought a mental health expert to his door, Long killed 12 people at a country music bar outside Los Angeles. The website Niche named it the third-safest city in the United States in 2018.

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