Sheriff: 13 Dead in Southern California Shooting

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded gunman dressed all in black opened fire during "college night" at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in terror, authorities said Thursday.

Dean continued to state that Helus was the first to enter the building with a California Highway Patrol officer. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said he'd had past encounters with authorities, including being involved in a minor traffic collision and being a battery victim at a bar.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", he said. He gave his all.

Helus died later at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, a choked-up Dean said at a news conference early Thursday.

The gunman was found dead at the scene.

The suspect, identified by police as 28-year-old Ian Long, shot the security guard outside the bar before entering and opening fire on the crowd at about 11, officials said. "We don't know where the other ones are, we don't know if they're OK or not".

Whittler said during her escape she was trampled on and hit in the head with a barstool that was being thrown at a window by another person trying to get out.

Captain Kuredjian said it has been "quite some time" since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 64 kilometres west of Los Angeles, just across the county line. The bar's website says it hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday.

A police crisis intervention team and a mental health specialist had talked to him last April following an incident at his home, he said. "He took decisive action, and it's just a tragic loss for us", Buschow said.

In a joint statement, the couple said: "Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner".

"I heard it a couple more times, and I turned around and I saw him (the gunman)", she said.

Helus leaves behind a wife and a son. "Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot".

Dean said he did not know of Long's motive.

They said at least 30 shots were fired but did not release the extent of the victims' injuries.

"It was just semi-automatic, as many shots as he could pull, and then when it started to reload that's when we got people out of there and I didn't look back".

The dead included a veteran sheriff's deputy who rushed in to confront the gunman, as well as 22-year-old man who planned to join the Army, a freshman at nearby Pepperdine University and a recent Cal Lutheran graduate.

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

"He [reloaded] in about six seconds, which is really fast, so he knew what he was doing", she told reporters.

Matt Wennerstrom, left, and Cole Knapp, following the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. "From what I heard, the gunman started shooting at the front desk".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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