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

Shooting reported at California bar

Shooting reported at California bar

"Sergeant [Ron Helus] was on the force for 29 years, was looking to retire in the next year or so and has survived by his wife and son", Sheriff Dean said.

Teylor Whittler described the scene as gunfire erupted.

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

"I was thinking I would just go under a table until a man came up from behind me, grabbed me up by the waist and pulled me up and told me, 'Run!"

"Within a split second, everybody yelled 'get down, ' " she said.

The previous most deadly attack was another just a year earlier, when 49 people were killed in Pulse - a gay nightclub - in June 2016. in Orlando.

Dean said his department had several previous contacts with Long, a former US Marine, including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in bathrooms and the attic of the bar.

An unknown number of people were wounded after the shooting at the bar, a popular venue with college students and local young adults for parties and dancing.

The gunman, who is believed to be among the dead, burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 authorities and witnesses said.

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"It's going to be a very sombre day", Steinwender said.

California Lutheran University President Chris Kimball confirmed in a statement that he was among the dead, adding that he had "heroically saved lives in the incident".

In yet another unusual coincidence, one of the victims to be named in the Vegas shooting was Susan Smith from Simi Valley which is only miles from the site of the Borderline shooting.

It was the latest chapter in America's epidemic of gun violence.

The unnamed gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill around midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 7, injuring at least 11 people. People dropped to the floor and hid behind bar stools in stunned silence.

"You just don't expect it to happen in Thousand Oaks". Helus died while being treated at an area hospital several hours after he was shot, Dean said.

ORIGINAL 5:44 a.m.

A sheriff's captain says eleven people were shot late Wednesday when a suspect opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said, "It's a horrific scene in there", Dean told a news conference in the parking lot of the Borderline Bar & Grill.

Madeleine Carr, the paper's editor, told CNN on Thursday morning that she was also waiting to hear back from some friends who had gone to the bar to attend College Country night.

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