At Least 12 Dead in California Bar Shooting

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

"I have nothing to believe there is any terrorism link but we will certainly look at that option", he said.

At an earlier news conference Sheriff Dean's voice cracked as he spoke about Sgt. Helus, "He went in to save lives".

Dean said police had previous run-ins with Long, including a call to his home where he was acting irrationally. It's unclear whether he took his own life or if the attack was terror-related.

"It's a horrific incident", Dean said."It's part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everywhere, and I think it's impossible to put any logic or any sense to the senseless".

Witnesses told CNN the attacker had a large handgun, wore a black trench coat and glasses and threw smoke grenades inside bar. "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 described what they told him to CNN affiliate KABC. He shot the security guard. Kuredjian said he could not confirm whether any of those shot were dead or the severity of their injuries.

Video shot by a survivor shows the moments of terror as a gunman opened fire inside a crowded California bar.

Many Rams players, coaches and staff members settled in the Thousand Oaks area after the team returned to Southern California from St. Louis in 2016.

"There were people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics", he added. When they realized what was occurring, some patrons used barstools to break a window and escape, according to the Associated Press.

Helus was one of the first on the scene and was struck multiple times when he went through the front door, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities found the gunman dead inside an office adjacent to the bar's entryway, Dean said.

"He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price", he said.

The bar is near several colleges, and is a popular spot for students Wednesday nights. Its website listed Wednesday's event as college country night between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

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

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was dancing when the gunman opened fire.

"He didn't say anything, at least not that we could hear", Estron added.

There was no screaming, she said - just gunfire and stampeding crowds. It is expected that students from both schools are in attendance on the night of the shooting.

"I screamed to him, 'There's a shooter in there!' He was kind of in disbelief, then saw that I was serious", Knapp said.

The shooting began at 23:20 local time on Wednesday about 40 miles (65km) north-west of Los Angeles, police say.

"We are consistently ranked one of the highest with respect to the lowest crime rate per capita".

Dean said Long was a veteran of the USA marine corps.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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