At least 13 dead in California bar shooting

At least 13 dead in California bar shooting

Police said the gunman was also dead when officers arrived at the scene.

No fatalities have been reported and the Ventura County Star said that at least four ambulances were at the scene to treat the victims.

Three of the deadliest mass shootings in United States modern history have occurred since October 2017.

Twelve people were killed, including Helus. He ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of the victims.

"It's a horrific incident", Dean said."It's part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everywhere, and I think it's impossible to put any logic or any sense to the senseless".

Authorities urged the public to avoid the area.

Long lived with his mother at a house she owns in the nearby town of Newbury Park.

'Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff's sergeant. They responded to a call at a house in April where the suspect was acting irrationally.

As for why he attacked the bar, "there's no indication that he targeted the employees".

"We've lost a hero and a great human being", Dean said choking back tears.

A witness told the station, "There were people in the middle dancing and just hanging out and having a good time" when "very, very loud gunshots" rang out inside.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was inside the bar when a man walked in with his face partly covered by something resembling a ski mask, opened fire on a person working on the door, then began to shoot people at random. "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.

He later died in hospital.

The sheriff said a mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

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Authorities found up to 15 more people at the scene with injuries, not including those who escaped from the nightclub, which had been hosting a "College Country" night. On Thursday morning, deputies were outside the house as they sought a warrant to conduct a thorough search of the property.

"He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price, " he said.

The gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, at about 11.20pm on Wednesday night.

It was reportedly college night at the bar.

Nick Steinwender, a Cal Lutheran student body president, told KTLA-TV he immediately started receiving messages about the shooting, and he and his roommate went to the scene to offer rides back to campus or moral support. "I love you. I'll talk to you later".

"You know, I've been a cop for 41 years, and I never thought I would see the things around the country that would happen", Dean said.

It's unclear what the motive is and the connection between the gunman and the Borderline Bar and Grill.

One of whom also survived the Vegas shooting, the LA Times reported.

He said the only weapon found in an initial sweep was a handgun. "My heart goes out to his family - I can't imagine what they're going through right now". That exit leads to a patio where people smoke. "I knew something was wrong straight away".

"Within a split second, everybody yelled 'get down, ' " she said. He was accompanied by an officer from the California Highway Patrol on his way into the building.

There was no screaming, she said.

Curtis Kellogg, a friend who served with Long, said Long headed to Southern California to pursue a degree in sports medicine after his service in Afghanistan.

"I started hearing these big pops".

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