What We Know About The Thousand Oaks Shooting Suspect

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 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.

A gunman killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy, when he walked into a Southern California bar and grill and started shooting on Wednesday night, police said.

Buschow indicated that among those victims there were fatalities, but he did not indicate how many, according to ABC7.

A deputy sheriff and a doorman were among the wounded.

The shooter reportedly stormed into the venue wearing a black trench coat, armed with smoke grenades and a firearm with a high-capacity magazine.

Among the victims was Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, who ran into the building after hearing gunshots.

The shooting is the latest in a long list of mass shootings in the US.

"When he heard gunfire, he went in and that's something would expect from Ron", Kuredjian said.

The shooting started while patrons were line dancing - and people dropped to the floor and hid behind bar stools in stunned silence, witnesses said.

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There was no screaming, she said - just gunfire and stampeding crowds.

"While I was running away, people were dropping around me", Spady said. "Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground", John Hedge, at the bar with his stepfather, told CNN affiliate KABC. "The windows broke and I just hopped out the window and I was one of the last people out", Campbell said. Kuredjian said he could not confirm whether any of those shot were dead or the severity of their injuries.

The Ventura County Fire Department tweeted, "Please stay away from area". He described an incident - which seems to match the April episode mentioned by the sheriff - in which he called law enforcement to Long's house because it "sounded like he was tearing down the walls of the house, like somebody's just beating on the walls with a big hammer or something".

Officers were called to Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, at around 11.20pm local time.

Officials said that shots were still being fired when the first officers arrived at the scene.

The 23-year-old rushed to the bar, which holds college country music nights on Wednesdays, where he called a friend who was also at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire, killing 59 people and wounding hundreds.

"We have no idea if there is a terrorism link or not", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

Witnesses report at least 30 shots were fired, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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