THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) – Greater than a dozen individuals have been killed, together with a sheriff’s deputy, in a taking pictures at a bar stuffed with school college students in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reviews of pictures fired at Borderline Bar and Grill, positioned at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, round 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. SKY2 was over the scene the place a rustic music night time for school college students was being held, based on the bar’s web site.
Authorities confirmed the suspect, whose id has not but been launched, was useless on the scene. The gunman reportedly threw smoke bombs contained in the bar the place a whole lot of individuals had been dancing to nation music and celebrating the weekly occasion.
Pepperdine College confirmed a number of college students had been on the bar throughout the taking pictures.
The gunman’s id has not but been launched. Witnesses described the suspect as a person who presumably had a beard and was sporting a trench coat and had a shawl on his face.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean stated the suspect was deceased contained in the bar when deputies arrived. A motive has not been decided, however investigators imagine the assault was deliberate.
Dean stated 12 individuals had been killed, together with Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus. He was a 29-year veteran who was set to retire subsequent yr, Dean stated. Helus is survived by his spouse and son.
“Ron was a hardworking, devoted sheriff’s sergeant. He was completely dedicated, he gave his all and tonight, as I instructed his spouse, he died a hero. He went in to save lots of lives, to save lots of different individuals,” Dean stated.
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Witnesses stated the gunman shot a bouncer and a cashier earlier than he opened fireplace close to the dance flooring.
A further 10 to 15 victims suffered minor accidents, authorities stated.
Some individuals who had been contained in the bar stated they’d survived the lethal mass taking pictures on the Route 91 Pageant in Las Vegas final yr.
A witness who was contained in the bar throughout the taking pictures stated she heard “very, very loud gunshots.”
“There have been individuals within the center dancing and simply hanging out and having time and also you hear that and also you simply know one thing’s up,” Erika Sigman stated. “On this group, it’s very exhausting for me to understand it as a result of I’ve been right here all my life and to suppose that – I’ve by no means skilled it, I’ve simply by no means skilled it.”
One couple instructed CBS2’s Tom Wait that their daughter had been injured within the taking pictures.
“She was most likely on the [dance] flooring when this was occurring, as a result of she comes right here each Wednesday night time,” the sufferer’s father stated. “Issues are a bit sketchy – we don’t have a variety of info proper now.”
One other witness stated there was quite a few pictures fired contained in the bar.
A witness who was on the patio space of the bar stated she was saved by a stranger after gunshots rang out.
“A man who I don’t even know who had seen me there was like, ‘Get down.’ He threw me underneath one of many tables and you then couldn’t see something as a result of I suppose there was smoke. After which one of many guys who was there began throwing tables out the window and so they picked us up and so they threw me and my girlfriend out the window. They carried us after which I reunited with my associates, and I used to be fortunate to get out. I used to be solely there for 10 minutes however I simply – there’s like no phrases. These are my individuals and it’s simply not truthful, it’s not truthful,” she stated.
An emergency info hotline has been set as much as assist find individuals concerned within the taking pictures at 805-465-6650. A reunification space has been established at Thousand Oaks Teen Heart, positioned at 1375 E. Janss Rd.
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