Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Officer killed in Calif. bar shooting described as hero

Shooting reported at California bar At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California
Steven Clarke | 09 November, 2018, 04:08

A gunman opened fire during college country night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on November 7, killing 12 innocent people, including a sheriff's deputy who was expected to retire in just months, officials confirmed.

Authorities have identified the gunman and the handgun he used to kill 12 people at a southern California bar.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian told reporters early Thursday a deputy was among those hit and he was rushed to a hospital.

Revellers, mostly young college students, are said to be hiding in bathrooms and attic spaces in a bid to flee the gunman who was carrying an "Uzi" machine gun, reports claim.

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and grown son and planned to retire in the coming year, said the sheriff, who choked back tears several times as he talked about a man who was also his longtime friend.

He could not immediately provide information on the extent of the victims' injuries.

Thousand Oaks is a city of about 130,000 people about 64 kilometers west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

People gathered near the scene of the shooting, hugging and crying as red and blue lights from police cars flickered in the background. Some dived through windows while others hid in restrooms.

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

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"We have had several contacts with Mr Long over the years, minor events, a traffic collision", Dean told a news conference. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar.

The gunman opened fire at around 11:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. CT Thursday).

"When the officers went in and made re-entry, they found him already deceased", Dean said, according to ABC 6.

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

The incident happened at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles. One of them was Jason Coffman, father of a 22-year-old man who he learned was among those killed. He told her, "I've got to go handle a call".

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.

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.

Here's what we know about the late Wednesday shooting.

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