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Dead, Including Sheriff’s Sergeant and Gunman, in Shooting at Thousand Oaks Bar

Dead, Including Sheriff’s Sergeant and Gunman, in Shooting at Thousand Oaks Bar”

Reporters with the student paper Pepperdine Graphic of Pepperdine University in Malibu shared harrowing footage and interviews with victims and witnesses outside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks early Thursday, where authorities said 13 people died, including the shooter.

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

Minutes after the shooting was first reported at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Helus was the first to enter the bar and was struck several times by gunfire, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.

Civilians and other deputies pulled Sergeant Helus from the bar and he was taken to Los Robles hospital, where he died an hour later.

Authorities said the.45 caliber Glock handgun used in the shooting was legally purchased.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", Dean said, "and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives".

No fatalities have been reported and the Ventura County Star said that at least four ambulances were at the scene to treat the victims.

The Borderline, which includes a large dance hall along with several smaller areas for eating and drinking, was holding its regular "College Country Nights" Wednesday night when the attack took place.

President Trump today praised the bravery of police in responding to the shooting.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, hopping over gates and just trying to get out", he said.

The gunman was dressed in a black trench coat and wearing glasses when he walked into the bar filled with people enjoying a night of line dancing.

"I've been here fighting for him all morning long, and we did just get the news that he was one of [those] killed last night".

Helus was not only a 29-year sheriff veteran, but he was also a husband and father.

The gunman is also dead.

Holden Harrah told CNN the gunman opened fire within seconds.

Deputies are at Long's home, seeking to serve a search warrant, Dean said.

The officer who was killed in Thousand Oaks told his wife he loved her before running in to confront the gunman at the Borderline Bar and Grill Wednesday night.

The sheriff said the gunman has not been identified and there was no known motive for the shooting. "They would go fishing up in the Sierras together".

Law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders, along with several ambulances, additional units from the California Highway Patrol, Simi Valley and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reached the spot soon after the shooting was reported.



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