Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

What we know about the California mass shooting

What we know about the California mass shooting

Among those killed was a three-decade veteran of the sheriff's department, 54-year-old Sergeant Ron Helus, who was married, had a grown son and was close to retirement. Helus had meant to retire next year.

Police identified 28-year-old Ian David Long as the suspect in the shooting at a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar that left at least 13 dead, including the suspected gunman.

He said the gunman had apparently shot himself.

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

"We have no idea what the motive was at this time", Dean said.

President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning to say he been briefed on the shooting, describing it as "terrible", and praising the bravery of the police officers involved.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says the suspected gunman died at the scene from what they believe is a self-inflicted wound.

He said the only weapon found in an initial sweep was a handgun. The U.S. Marine Corps released Long's service record, which said he served from 2008 to 2013, and his ranking was a corporal as a machine gunner, ABC News reported.

On Wednesday night, a gunman dressed in black opened fire at the country dance bar in Southern California, killing Helus and 11 others. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are on scene.

"For many of us, it was seeing each others' faces in the bar again that brought us a huge sense of relief", she said in an interview with HuffPost.

Shootings of any kind are very rare in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just across the county line. The highway patrolman cleared the perimeter and pulled Helus out. Helus died early Thursday at a hospital.

At least a dozen people were killed - including a "hero" cop who was due to retire next year and died bravely trying to save others' lives.

"Losing Ron, we go to the gym together and work out together", Dean said.

It was the latest mass shooting to rock the United States, six days after the death of two women at a yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida and 12 days after an anti-Semitic gunman entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 worshippers. Hide!' So I get down.

"I was actually about to leave when you start hearing pop, pop, pop".

"They ran out of the back doors, they broke windows, they went through windows.

It sounded like fireworks or something", said witness John Hedge, according to NBC News.

"There's many more to come, but for me this is a heart that I'll never get back. What I saw and experienced at Route 91 reaffirmed that I want to be a firefighter", he said.

Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus was talking to his wife when calls started coming in about a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill. Newsom said he supports people's right to bear arms, but he is concerned about gun violence and thinks California should lead the way on gun controls.

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