12 Dead in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Television news crews and a fire department Public Information Officer gather near the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a mass shooting occurred, on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. According to reports, at least 12 people have died, including a Ventura County Sheriffs Department sergeant, plus the gunman. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Last night at approximately 11:15 pm at the Borderline Country Bar in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Considered “one of the safest places in America”, a gunman armed with a Glock 45 caliber handgun, walked into the bar and shot and killed at least 12 people in another mass shooting in America.  Many more were injured.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – NOVEMBER 08: A Ventura County Sheriffs officer stands near a vehicle near the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a mass shooting occurred on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. At least twelve people have died, including a Ventura County Sheriffs Department sergeant, plus the gunman. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

What we know so far is that the shooter has been identified as 29 year old, Ian David Long, who was 28 years old.  He was an active member of the military from 2008 – 2013 and had made contact with law enforcement and had a history of mental health issues. He walked into the bar, dressed in all black, shot a young lady at the counter, shot the security guard and proceeded to open fire on the group of patrons that were there for “college night”.

 

The gunman also shot and killed the first responder that got to the scene within 2 minutes of receiving the call.  He was Ventura County Sheriff’s, Deputy Sgt. Ron Helus. Sgt Helus was 54 years old and was a 29-year veteran who was within a couple of years of retiring. Deputy Helus died of his injuries as he tried to save the people inside the Bar.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – NOVEMBER 08: F.B.I. agents monitor the scene near the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a mass shooting occurred, on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. According to reports, at least 12 people have died, including a Ventura County Sheriffs Department sergeant, plus the gunman. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

 Witnesses describe the “horrific event” as the gunmen stopped shooting to reload, a patron broke out a window at the back end of the establishment and shoved several people out of the window and escaped.

 

It is believed the gunman also killed himself.  Police and the FBI are now working to further identify the motive behind this shooting.

 

Some that were injured during this shooting were survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017.

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