Gunman kills 12 in California bar packed with students

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

When a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas past year, Telemachus Orfanos somehow survived.

The killer was identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former machine gunner and veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was interviewed by police at his home last spring after an episode of agitated behaviour that they were told might be post-traumatic stress disorder.

The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, Dean told reporters. A handgun was recovered at the scene, which Dean says has not been examined in detail yet.

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. It's unclear whether he took his own life or if the attack was terror-related.

"It's a horrific scene in there".

Witnesses described a tall man, wearing all black with a hood covering part of his face, entering the bar shortly before midnight.

"I started hearing these big pops".

"I heard what I thought was a balloon pop", she told CNN. Helus is survived by a wife and son.

Thirteen people were killed in a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, including the shooter and Helus. "And that's what's really blowing my mind, it's a really safe area".

CBS L.A. said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seen entering the bar.

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"I dropped to the floor", she said.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, hopping over gates and just trying to get out", he said.

Officials said that shots were still being fired when the first officers arrived at the scene.

Witnesses said a hooded gunman entered the building in dark clothing and shot the doorperson before shooting into the crowd of dancers shortly after 11 p.m., The Associated Press reported.

"We've known a lot of these people for upwards of 10, 15 years; we grew up with them", he said.

The bar is near several colleges, and is a popular spot for students Wednesday nights.

Borderline Bar & Grill is a western-style facility that hosts theme nights such as country, salsa and swing dancing.

He then shot patrons who were attending the venue's country music night for college students, Dean said.

Zoe Walsh also said that she's angry and heartbroken, and that she's feeling her friend's absence every second. Investigators didn't immediately know how many rounds the magazine could hold, he said. Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident. He then walked inside, turned right and shot other guards and employees.

Sgt. Eric Buschow, of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, said that "multiple fatalities" had been confirmed. It is expected that students from both schools are in attendance on the night of the shooting.

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