Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Thousand Oaks: At least 12 killed at California bar shooting

Thousand Oaks: At least 12 killed at California bar shooting

"We're one big family", said Spellman, who was not at the bar Wednesday night.

A mental health specialist with the crisis team met with him and felt he might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She says he knew some of the people who teased him would be there.

Friends and family mourn Ventura Country sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in a shooting at Borderline Bar.

"I tried to get as many people to cover as I could", Knapp said. Nick Champion was among those inside when the gunman struck, killing at least a dozen people.

"I said we go, and we ran", he said. "Since he can no longer be with us, we will hold a memorial in his honor".

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and son and planned to retire in the coming year, said the sheriff, choking back tears.

Dean said he has no doubt Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer who also was the first to respond "saved lives by going in there and engaging with the suspect". It is yet to be determined if he shot himself or was shot by other officers, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.

But Dean said Long had used an extended magazine - illegal in California - during the shooting, which would enable the weapon to fire more rounds before needing to be reloaded.

"Great bravery shown by police", Trump tweeted.

Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said lawmakers would get to work on legislation including universal background checks when the House of Representatives convenes in January with a Democratic majority.

"We do live in a scary time where we do have to be more cautious, but I also think we can't stop living our lives because things like this are happening", Jacksonville resident Cada White said. "I don't want thoughts", his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, said earlier.


"He's one of the reasons that I'm here right now", she said. Borderline features country music, and Wednesday was "college night" that drew many young people to the bar.

But the shooting at the bar in Thousand Oaks, California, has yet again placed a spotlight on businesses considered soft targets. "Pop pop pop", he said. I hit the ground.

Suddenly, a man wearing a black trench coat and sunglasses approached the door and shot the security guard at the entrance. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. People out there didn't really know what was going on.

Dean estimated 10 to 15 people, including one with a gunshot wound, had gone to hospitals.

He said he and others smashed their way out of the bar onto a balcony and then jumped down to safety.

People at the bar fled from all exits, broke through windows and hid in the attic and bathrooms, the sheriff said.

When the gunshots paused, Wennerstorm said he knew the shooter must be reloading, and he didn't waste the moment.

Police tell the Ventura County Star that the initial report came around 11:20 p.m. that a man opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

"I was actually about to leave when you start hearing pop, pop, pop". "It doesn't matter how safe your community is".

"It can happen anywhere", he said.

United Methodist Church Westlake Village identified another victim, Noel Sparks, as a member of its congregation. Thirteen people died, including a sheriff's deputy and the suspected shooter.

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