Dead After California Shooting At Popular Nightspot, Police Say

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

Thirteen people have died, including a gunman and a sheriff's sergeant, after a mass shooting at a California bar popular with college students, police said.

The sergeant, who served with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for 29 years, has been described as a "hero".

"Sgt. Helus will be transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to westbound Janss Road", the department said in a statement. Around 11:20 p.m., authorities said a lone gunman began opening fire at the scene.

At an earlier news conference Sheriff Dean's voice cracked as he spoke about Sgt. Helus, "He went in to save lives".

"Our organization's thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims that were affected by this bad act that took place in our area", McVay said.

Police cars are seen outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, after a gunman barged into a large, crowded venue and opened fire late November 7, 2018, killing at least 11 people, United States police said.

Police said several hundred people were inside the venue, which was hosting a "college country night" for students.

Kuredjian said the shooter no longer posed a threat to surrounding communities, but could not confirm if he was shot dead or captured.

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

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The sheriff also said there were six off-duty police officers from various agencies at the Borderline at the time of the attack.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were seen visiting a residence believed to be Long's in Newbury Park, California, which neighbors Thousand Oaks.

"It's my understanding they went in and neutralized the shooter (and) they identified a number of causalities".

Sgt. Helus had a wife and son, and was due to retire in the next year from Ventura County, California Sheriff's Office.

The officer who was killed in Thousand Oaks told his wife he loved her before running in to confront the gunman at the Borderline Bar and Grill Wednesday night. The injured included a deputy, Kuredjian said.

The gunman was found dead. He told her, "I've got to go handle a call".

Mr Coffman told reporters that his son - who had two younger brothers, aged eight and six - had been planning to join the military and was also looking forward to the arrival of a baby sister later this month. They went to the house, they talked to him.

He was one of the first officers through the door of the bar, according to CNN, but died at the hands of the gunman who killed 11 others.

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