Sheriff says 13 are dead including gunman, sheriff’s sergeant after shooting at Southern California bar

(ABC NEWS) – At least 12 people were killed when a gunman burst into a packed Southern California bar overnight and opened fire, authorities said.

The lone suspect, 28-year-old Ian David Long, was found dead inside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. Authorities believe he shot himself.

Long was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Dean said.

His only weapon was a legally purchased .45-caliber handgun, Dean said. Long added an extended magazine to the Glock gun, he said.

Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, was among the dead, Dean said.

Helus, 54, was one of the first on the scene and was struck multiple times when he entered the building, the sheriff’s office said.

The bar was packed when police responded to the scene in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just before midnight local time.

Teylor Whittler was celebrating a friend’s birthday at the bar’s college night when she heard gunshots.

“A bunch of people dog-piled on top of each other,” she told “Good Morning America.” “Everyone just yelled, ‘Run, he’s coming!'”

“There were at least 50 people that all tried getting up at once and running out the back door. I ended up getting caught in the ground and stumbled over by multiple people,” Whittler said. “I got hit in the head by a stool that was being picked up to throw through a window, until some guy came up behind me and grabbed me and said, ‘Get up, we have to go!'”

She said multiple men around her blocked the group with their bodies “ready to take a bullet for every single one of us.”

Whittler’s friend, Sarah Rose DeSon, told “GMA” she was hiding behind a table when she saw a spark and smoke.

Witnesses said they saw what appeared to be smoke grenades.

“As soon as we all saw that, we jumped up,” she said. “I ran out the front door, down some stairs, face-planted in the parking lot, but I was lucky enough to get out alive.”

“I’m terrified,” she told “GMA.” “We’re just praying for our friends that we haven’t heard from. … You never think it’s going to be you until it happens. This is a problem. This is real and it’s awful.”

“They were very, very loud gunshots,” college student Erika Sigman told ABC Los Angeles station KABC. “There were people in the middle dancing … you hear that and you just know.”

“We got down because I heard people screaming, ‘Everyone get down!'” she said. “We heard people say, ‘Run!’ and we booked it as fast as we could.”

“I love this place — it’s our usual hangout. My parents trust me going here,” Sigman told KABC. “It’s very hard to comprehend.”

Thousand Oaks ranked third in America’s safest cities this year, according to Niche, a Pittsburgh-based company that researches neighborhoods and schools across the country based on public data as well as resident reviews.

President Donald Trump has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until Saturday at sunset “as a mark of solemn respect for the victims,” he said in a proclamation.

The slain sergeant, survived by his wife and son, was looking to retire soon, the sheriff’s office said. Instead, he made “the ultimate sacrifice,” Dean said.

Sheriff Dean, a 41-year veteran, is set to retire on Friday.

Authorities are working to determine the suspect’s motive.

This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a bar in Southern California (all times local):

3 a.m.

A sheriff says 13 people are dead, including a sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. He died at a hospital early Thursday.

Authorities did not say how the gunman died.

Dean says around 10 other people were shot and wounded. No other information on the victims was immediately known.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

The bar’s website says its hosts “College Country Night” every Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred.


2 a.m.

Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow says the gunman is dead inside a Southern California bar where 11 people were injured late Wednesday.

Authorities say a responding deputy was shot and taken to a hospital. No other information on the victims was immediately known.á

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

The bar’s website says its hosts “College Country Night” every Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred.


1:35 a.m.

A sheriff’s captain says at least 11 people — including a responding deputy — were shot late Wednesday when a suspect opened fire in a Southern California bar filled with college students.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said at a news conference early Thursday that the wounded sheriff’s deputy was taken to a hospital. He could not immediately provide information on the extent of the victims’ injuries or if any others had been hospitalized.

The sheriff’s spokesman says the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

The bar’s website says its hosts “College Country Night” every Wednesday. Witnesses said many of those inside were college students.


12:50 a.m.

A sheriff’s captain says at least six people were shot late Wednesday when a suspect opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said at a news conference early Thursday that a sheriff’s deputy was also shot and taken to a hospital. He could not immediately provide information on the extent of the victims’ injuries.

The sheriff’s spokesman says the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. He said responding deputies could hear gunshots as they arrived on scene.

Authorities are still treating it as an active shooter scene.

No other information was immediately available.


12:35 p.m.

Authorities say there were multiple injuries — including one officer — after a man opened fire in Southern California bar late Wednesday.

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. The extent of the victims’ injuries wasn’t immediately known.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said late Wednesday that it was still “a very active scene.”

Witnesses tell ABC News that a man fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs and starting to fire again.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired.


12:30 a.m.

Witnesses say a man fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs into a crowded bar in Southern California early Thursday.

Authorities say multiple people were injured in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. The extent of the victims’ injuries wasn’t immediately known.

A man who says he was in the bar tells ABC news reports that he saw a man shoot into the crowd.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired.

The Times reports that there were multiple reports of shots fired and people hit. Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene.

Authorities urged the public to avoid the area.


12:20 a.m.

Authorities say multiple people were injured at a shooting at a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night.
Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. The extent of the victim’s injuries has not yet been released.

The Times reports that there were multiple reports of shots fired and people hit. Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene.

Authorities urged the public to avoid the area.

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