Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

A former Marine - armed with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun with an illegal extended magazine - opened fire on a packed California country music bar Wednesday night, killing 12 people, including a veteran sheriff's sergeant nearing retirement, officials said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m., the sheriff said.

He praised law enforcement, saying "Great bravery shown by police" and said "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims".

After the shooting was over, Kelly said he and another Marine friend helped victims alongside first responders.

Zoe Walsh also said that she's angry and heartbroken, and that she's feeling her friend's absence every second.

"Here are my words: I want gun control", said Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, her voice shaking with grief and rage.

Dean said about 15 others had injuries considered non-life-threatening, including cuts that came from jumping out of a window or diving under a table, the sheriff said.

The sheriff said a mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

"They hid up in the attic, they hid in the bathroom", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

Dean said investigators had not found any type of assault rifle within the bar.

The fatal shooting of a dozen people at a Western-themed bar in Thousand Oaks, California, inspired hundreds of area residents to line up for hours on Thursday to donate blood for the wounded.

"We have not found any type of assault rifle inside the location", he said.

"As you know, these are ongoing investigations and that information will come out as soon as we are able to determine exactly who the suspect was and what motive he might have had for this horrific event".

He killed 11 people inside the bar and one of the first cops on the scene before taking his own life.

Helus had been at the department for almost three decades, and was planning to retire within the next year, the sheriff said, choking back tears.

Helus is survived by a wife and son.

Reports said there were around a 100 patrons inside the nightclub when the shooting began.

Tait, who says she's a regular at the bar, then saw people huddled by a mirror and window and fled there.

It was not immediately clear whether those victims had been shot.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and praised law enforcement officers for their response.

Thousand Oaks is in Ventura County, about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles. "The reality is, these types of incidents can happen really at any place, at any time, even in communities that are considered extremely safe".

Meek, who is a promoter of the college country night at the Borderline Bar & Grill, was at the dance hall with his younger sister.

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