THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Twelve people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed after a gunman opened fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, authorities confirmed early Thursday. The shooter is also dead.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean confirms the death of Sgt. Ron Helus. He was a 29-year veteran of the department and was among 12 victims killed in Thousand Oaks.— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) November 8, 2018
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Update 11:50 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Officials with California Lutheran University confirmed Thursday that one of the college's recent graduates was among the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire Wednesday night at Borderline Bar & Grill.
"Sadly, we have learned from the family that a recent graduate, Justin Meek, 23, is one of the precious lives cut short in this tragedy,” officials said on the university’s website. “Meek heroically saved lives in the incident.”
Update 11:45 a.m. PST Nov. 8: In a statement released to BuzzFeed News, actress Tamara Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, confirmed that their niece, Alaina, was among the 12 people killed in Wednesday's shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill.
"Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner," the couple said in a statement. "We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time."
Update 11:10 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Jason Coffman told reporters on Thursday that deputies confirmed his son, Cody Coffman, was among the 12 people killed in Wednesday night’s shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill.
Jason Coffman said his son had recently moved in with him and his wife.
“I talked to him last night before he headed out the door,” he said. “First thing I said was, ‘Please, don’t drink and drive.’ Last thing I said was, ‘Son, I love you.’”
Jason Coffman said deputies told him that his son was found dead at the scene of Wednesday’s mass shooting.
"I've been here fighting for him all morning long, and we did just get the news that he was one of the 11 killed last night. He was Cody Coffman, my first-born son." https://t.co/8y4X8kTCHE #borderline pic.twitter.com/bAJWN0iQ0F— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) November 8, 2018
Eleven other people, including Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, died in Wednesday’s shooting.
Update 9:45 a.m. PST Nov. 8: A neighbor who said he knew the gunman who killed 12 people Wednesday night in a shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill told KABC-TV that the suspect lived with his mother and that she was worried about him.
“He wouldn’t get help,” Richard Berge told the news station.
Deputies identified the gunman as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former U.S. Marine.
Tom Hanson, who lives next door to Long’s mother, told The Associated Press that he called police six months ago when he heard banging and shouting coming from his neighbor’s home.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said authorities had made contact with Long before Wednesday’s shooting, including responding to a call to his home in April. Deputies said they found him acting irate and irrationally.
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.
Long served in the Marines from August 2008 until March 2013 as a machine gunner. He earned the rank of corporal in August 2011. He also earned several awards during his time in the Corps, including a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.
Officials with the Marine Corps said Long was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months, from Nov. 16, 2010, to June 14, 2011. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Update 8:35 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Deputies said the 28-year-old former U.S. Marine who opened fire on a crowd gathered Wednesday at Borderline Bar & Grill used a Glock 21 .45-caliber gun that was modified with an illegal extended magazine.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said the gun used by Ian David Long was designed to hold a magazine of 10 rounds, with one additional round in the chamber.
SUSPECTED SHOOTER: Ian Long, 28, had earlier this year been visited by the Ventura County sheriff's crisis intervention team, who decided he did not need to be taken into custody for a mental health hold. https://t.co/C8uGHCEAfV pic.twitter.com/BO3QM0g3Q4— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 8, 2018
way to know how many rounds he actually had in there,” Dean said Thursday morning at a news conference.
Authorities believe Long legally bought the gun. Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.
Dean said Long appeared to have shot himself after killing a dozen others at the bar Wednesday night. In the aftermath of the attack, authorities were working to determine any connection between Long and Borderline Bar & Grill.
“We haven’t found any correlation,” Dean said. “We’ll probably know more after we execute the search warrant at his house -- that maybe there was a motive for this particular night -- but at this point we have no information leading to that at all.”
Dean said authorities do not believe the shooting was random, although Long appeared to choose his targets at-random once inside the bar.
“He’s a resident of this area. Common sense would speculate that there’s some reason he went here,” Dean said. “It’s not like he was driving down the freeway and decided, ‘I’m going to get off here.’”
Twelve people were killed and about a dozen others were wounded in Wednesday’s attack. Dean said one person suffered a minor gunshot injury while between eight and 15 others were injured while jumping out windows or diving under tables to escape the bullets.
Officials have not identified any of the victims aside from Sgt. Ron Helus, a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy slain while responding to reports of the shooting.
“Ron was a great guy. He was close to everybody,” Dean said. “He was a hard worker and hearts are broken all over.”
Today we mourn the loss of Sergeant Ron Helus who gave his life serving the community. Please keep his family and the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/EwDsnPRDCs— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) November 8, 2018
Update 7:55 a.m. PST Nov. 8: President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill, a country dance bar in Thousand Oaks.
The flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff to remember the victims of last night's horrible act of violence in Thousand Oaks, California. https://t.co/WC3pW8uYvx— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 8, 2018
Update 7:25 a.m. PST Nov. 8: The man identified as the gunman who killed 12 in a shooting Wednesday night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. Citing Department of Defense records, CNN reported that Ian David Long, 28, was on active duty with the Marines from August 2008 to March 2013.
Dean said authorities had several previous contacts with Long including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.
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.
Update 7 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Ventura County Sherif Geoff Dean identified the gunman who killed 12 at Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night as Ian David Long, 28.
Update 6:40 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Some of the people who fled from the shooting Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks had previously survived the shooting that killed nearly 60 people in Las Vegas last year, according to CBS News.
Nicholas Champion told the news network that he and several other people who were in the bar when shots rang out Wednesday had survived the Route 91 shooting last October in Las Vegas.
“It’s the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened,” he told CBS News. “It’s a big thing for us. We’re all a big family and unfortunately this family got hit twice.”
Update 5:55 a.m. PST Nov. 8: A procession for Sgt. Ron Helus, the deputy who was shot and killed Wednesday in a shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Thursday.
A COP'S COP: A procession is being planned for 10 a.m. to take the body of Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus from Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks to the examiner's office in Ventura. https://t.co/c7znBCowEY pic.twitter.com/IXYwvSBLYc— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 8, 2018
Helus was a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife and son, deputies said.
“Ron’s selfless, heroic actions will never be forgotten,” deputies said Thursday morning in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Update 6:27 a.m. PST Nov. 8: The shooting suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Ian Long, law enforcement officials told NBC News.
Update 5:30 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Law enforcement officials have identified the gunman who killed 12 people at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, according to The Associated Press.
BREAKING: Law enforcement official says authorities have identified gunman and the weapon he used to kill 12 at bar in California.— The Associated Press (@AP) November 8, 2018
An unidentified law enforcement official told the AP the gunman was a 29-year-old man who used a .45-caliber handgun and a smoke device during Wednesday’s attack. His name has not been released.
Update 4:51 a.m. PST Nov. 8: President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to address the California shooting.
“I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California,” Trump tweeted. “Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar....”
In a second tweet, he added: “....Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.”
I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
....Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
Update 3:42 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean described Sgt. Ron Helus, the deputy who was killed in the shooting, as “hard-working” and “dedicated.”
“He gave it his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people,” Dean told reporters early Thursday.
Helus, of Moorpark, worked for the department for 29 years. He is survived by a wife and son, Dean said.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says of Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill: “He died a hero. He went in to save lives, to save other people.” (VC Sheriff photo) #ThousandOaksShooting pic.twitter.com/XUqbZqlUQC— S.B. News-Press (@sbnpnews) November 8, 2018
Update 3:40 a.m. PST Nov. 8: (AP) Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. He died at a hospital early Thursday.
The dead included 11 people inside the bar, the gunman and Helus -- who was the first officer inside the door, Dean said.
Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and son and planned to retire in the coming year, said the sheriff, who choked back tears several times as he talked about the sergeant who was also his longtime friend.
Update 3:15 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean provided the following details during a news conference early Thursday:
- 11 people killed at the scene
- Suspect also dead inside
- Sgt. Ron Helus with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office died at the hospital
- 10 to 12 other victims injured inside the bar
- Others with minor injuries took themselves to hospitals
- Suspect not yet identified
- Unclear whether there is a terrorism link
Update 3:06 a.m. PST Nov. 8: (AP) The sheriff says 13 people are dead, including the gunman and a sheriff's sergeant after a shooting at Southern California bar.
Update 3 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Eleven people are dead and multiple others were injured, NBC News reported.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said the gunman is dead inside the bar.
Hundreds of people were at the country music bar during the shooting, which occurred during college night. Several students from Pepperdine University reportedly were there.
Statement from @pepperdine regarding reported mass shooting at #Borderline in #ThousandOaks. Confirms several #Pepperdine students were there tonight along with students from colleges and community colleges all over the area. Pepp‘s my alma mater. Just awful. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/ilcQx7WHu1— Greg Lee (@abc7greg) November 8, 2018
Update 1:33 a.m. PST Nov. 8: The Los Angeles Times and other local news outlets are reporting that at least 11 people were injured in the shooting. Their condition was not immediately known.
Authorities said the shooter is believed to be “contained” in the bar. They said they do not believe there’s a threat to nearby residents.
Update 1:17 a.m. PST Nov. 8: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian told reporters early Thursday that at least six people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were shot, according to The Associated Press. The deputy is being treated at an area hospital, the AP reported.
Kuredjian said the scene was still active.
Original report: A gunman opened fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, injuring multiple people, area news outlets are reporting.
According to the Ventura County Star, a man armed with a semiautomatic gun fired 30 shots at the Borderline Bar & Grill starting around 11:20 p.m. PST, police and witnesses said. Multiple people were hurt, including a sheriff’s deputy, the Star reported. The deputy’s injuries were not life-threatening, CBS News reported.
Scene near the #Borderline country and western bar in #ThousandOaks where a shooting incident with multiple victims is reported. Sheriff’s deputies say “active shooter” still in the area. pic.twitter.com/C2HNeqRel4— Mike Harris (@Mike___Harris) November 8, 2018
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