Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

'Son, I love you': Heartbreaking stories emerge of Calif. mass shooting victims

Active shooter multiple victims reported in mass shooting at California bar Witnesses report at least 30 shots were fired in the incident
| 09 November, 2018, 02:30

The identities of the 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy, who were killed after a gunman opened fire in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. late Wednesday are starting to be confirmed. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times.

Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a news conference Thursday morning that 28-year-old Ian David Long approached the building with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun.

There has been a shooting at a bar in Southern California which has left 12 people dead, including a sheriff's deputy and the gunman.

'He was totally committed, he gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero.' 'It's so tragic losing Ron.

Dean said around 10 other people were shot and wounded.

Dean added that he and Helus were good friends and they regularly worked out together.

The suspected gunman was reportedly found dead inside the bar and police have not yet revealed the motives for the shooting. The gunman died inside the bar, police said.

Dean said Long was known to officers through a minor traffic collision and was a victim of a battery incident at a different bar.

Police said Long appeared to have shot randomly into the crowd at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 50km west of Los Angeles.

At Borderline Bar and Grill, a country-western dance bar that is a popular venue for college students, the night took a turn when a gunman entered and opened fire.


Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean briefs reporters at the intersection of USA 101 freeway and the Moorpark Rad exit as police vehicles close off the area responding to a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 8, 2018.

After hearing gunfire coming from inside the bar, which was occupied by almost 200 college students, he made entry into the venue and confronted the shooter.

Mr Coffman remembered the last conversation he had with his 22-year-old son and said he knew Cody would've been trying to help people inside the bar.

"It was just young people having a great time and this maniac came in and started shooting people for no reason at all".

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

Numerous law enforcement agencies were on-scene, including the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The bar has a college night on Wednesdays for ages 18 and up, according to its website.

A 29-year-veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office was killed during a horrific mass murder in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night.

Thousand Oaks is located in Ventura County, about 65km from downtown Los Angeles.

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