'Horrific scene': 13 dead including deputy, gunman at California bar

Sergio Conner
November 9, 2018

Multiple people were killed in a mass shooting at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said.

An undated photo of Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, who was shot and killed in a mass shooting at a Thousands Oaks, Calif., bar, November 7, 2018. He and the CHP officer went inside, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, who held an emotional news conference outside the bar early Thursday morning.

He said Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, later died after being taken to a hospital. The weapon usually holds 10 rounds and one in the chamber, but the gunman used an extended magazine in this shooting, Dean said.

Twelve people, including Helus, were shot and killed in the incident, and numerous others were wounded. The extent of the surviving victims' injuries wasn't immediately known.

The first reports of shots fired came in around 11:15 p.m. California time Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff sergeant", Dean said while holding back tears. He first shot and killed someone working security then entered the building and shot several more people just inside before continuing his killing spree.

"I was at the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, it's a big thing for us, we're all a big family and unfortunately this family got hit twice", said Nicholas Champion.

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Gina Silva and Gigi Graciette reported from Thousand Oaks, Calif. Lisa Fernandez wrote from Oakland, Calif.

Mr Trump said on Twitter that he has been "fully briefed on the bad shooting".

Officers were called to Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, at around 11.20pm local time.

By the time they entered the bar again the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including Helus and the gunman.

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

Law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders, along with several ambulances, additional units from the California Highway Patrol, Simi Valley and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reached the spot soon after the shooting was reported.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was on the dance floor with her friends nearby when she saw the gunman shooting and heard screams to "get down".

In one such video, she interviewed Tim Dominguez, who recalled escaping the bar with his son as others lost their lives around them, including a responding sheriff's deputy.

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