At least 13 people are dead, including a sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman.
Police identified the gunman as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old military veteran.
The attack took place during Borderline Bar & Grill’s “Country Night” for college students.
A gunman killed 12 people, including sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, after opening fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday. The suspect, identified by police as Ian David Long, 28, was also found dead at the scene.
Police officers headed to Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a city located about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, around 11:20 p.m. after receiving multiple calls of shots fired, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. It was “College Country Night” at the bar and the dance floor was full of students from nearby universities.
A sheriff unit arrived three minutes later, followed by two highway patrol officers. Helus, a 29-year veteran, and a patrol officer went in through the front door, at which point Helus was struck multiple times with gunfire. The patrol officer rescued Helus out of the line of gunfire, but Helus later died from his injuries.
Additional units arrived and recovered a single handgun, Dean said. Multiple people with different levels of injury were rescued and taken to local hospitals, and other people with minor injuries took themselves to hospitals.
“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean said, adding that people were found hiding in bathrooms and attics.
He described Helus as a “hard-working, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He was totally committed. He gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero. He went in to save lives, to save other people.”