Thirteen Dead in California Dance Bar Shooting

Thirteen Dead in California Dance Bar Shooting

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m., the sheriff said. Dean said Long reportedly used a handgun in the attack. Authorities have not determined a motive for the shooting.

"We just got down", Kayla Simmons said as she wept, huddled in a pink blanket near Helmuth.

A SWAT team from the Ventura County Sherrif's Department, arrived within minutes, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other officers to find the bar strewn with bodies, survivors huddling in terror, and others desperately trying to get out.

Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Dean said.

Kuredjian said at around 0915 GMT (5pm Singapore time) that the shooter was still confined inside the premises, adding that he did not know if he had been subdued or shot.

Kelly, a 22-year-old Marine, said he heard "pop, pop" and instantly knew it was gunfire.

"We will be sure to paint a picture of the state of mind of the subject and do our best to identify a motivation", Delacourt said, adding that the FBI would investigate any possible "radicalization" or links to militant groups.

Dean said investigators had not found any type of assault rifle within the bar.

"We have not found any type of assault rifle inside the location", he said.

"I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military", neighbour Tom Hanson said Thursday, as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Long's house, where an American flag flew over the garage.

Helus was not only a 29-year sheriff veteran, but he was also a husband and father. He leaves behind a wife and son.

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A reporter then pointed to blood on his sleeve, which he said "isn't mine" and came from a man with a chest wound who they helped drag over to paramedics.

Several other people were wounded or sustained minor injuries trying to escape the shooting, Dean said.

Officials have not released the names of all the victims as they worked to notify the families.

President Donald Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning that he was "fully briefed" on the shooting.

Shootings of any kind are very rare in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

"The reality is that these types of incidents can happen really at any place, at any time, even in communities that are considered extremely safe", Fox said.

The suspected shooter was also pronounced dead at the scene.

The Borderline is popular with students and was hosting a College Country Night at the time of the shooting. Hundreds of people were estimated to have attended.

The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday.

Some freshmen had planned an outing Wednesday to the bar, said Madeleine Carr, news editor at the Pepperdine Graphic, the student newspaper.

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