Veteran cop who tried to stop California bar massacre 'died a hero'

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

Mourners react outside a reception centre for families of victims of a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, US November 8, 2018.

"He would close the garage and be playing music and dancing in there, like sweating".

The deadliest mass shooting of the year took place in February, when 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., lost their lives when a former student, identified as Nikolas Cruz, opened fire.

Thousand Oaks, known to locals as "T.O." and named for the abundance of trees that dot the sprawling city of 127,000 people in the foothills of the Conejo Valley, has always been touted as one of the lowest-crime municipalities of its size in America. "The second time around doesn't get any easier".

Police say Long was dressed in black from head to toe.

"The chills go up your spine".

Orfanos' mother had a simple request during a brief phone interview with The New York Times. "I love you. I'll talk to you later,"' Dean said. I want gun control. One came after he was involved in a traffic collision.

Two passersby who said they had friends who visited the bar frequently told NBC Los Angeles that they spoke to one man who had managed to escape the bar.

Alexis Tait, who lost a friend in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill cries with Rachel Berg. Then, Knapp said, he heard gunfire and saw a young woman at the counter shot repeatedly.

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

Chandler Gunn, 23, told The Los Angeles Times that a friend who survived the Vegas shooting works at the bar. When Gunn learned about the shooting, he rushed to Borderline.

He said both they both managed to escape.

Knapp said he helped people hide behind a pool table and then fled outside, alerting people on an outdoor smoking patio and helping carry a victim to an ambulance.

"It makes me think about going out now", King said.

"I can't believe I'm saying this again".

The venue was hosting a college country night from 9 p.m. PT on Wednesday to 2 a.m. on Thursday when the shooting occurred, according to its website.

A 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran opened fire in a country music bar packed with college students in California overnight, killing 12 people including a police officer who exchanged shots with the gunman, authorities. On his other arm Thursday, he still had his wristband from the California bar.

"I saw someone throw a bar stool through the window and I followed suit and I threw a bar stool through the window and we just pushed people towards the bar, so that they weren't in the direct line of sight of him and then just filed as many people, everyone that was there, out through that back window", he explained.

"Dan's life was dedicated to serving others, during his military career and beyond", John Pinter, executive director of Team RWB said. "I didn't really know him very well".

"When the officers went in and made re-entry, they found him already deceased", Dean said, according to ABC 6. "I don't sit in a room with my back to the door".

"Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with the people that it happened to", defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said.

Kelly said Borderline had become a safe haven for dozens of Vegas survivors: "It is our home". Thousands of people stood along the route or pulled over in their vehicles to watch the hearse pass. Firefighters use two ladder trucks to raise a giant American flag over the route.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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