Gunman and 12 others dead in California bar shooting

At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California

Sheriff's deputy speaks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene, November 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday to honor fallen Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was killed while responding to a mass shooting at a bar overnight. "There is blood everywhere", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. "I don't know the condition of the victims but my understanding is there are a number (of) wounded included a local deputy ... all of the victims have been transported to hospitals", Fox told CNN on the phone.

Police cars are seen outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, after a gunman barged into a large, crowded venue and opened fire late November 7, 2018, killing at least 11 people, USA police said.

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.

One officer said it had been "quite some time" since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks.

Sgt. Ron Helus was among the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill.

"I've been here fighting for him all morning long, and we did just get the news that he was one of [those] killed last night".

It was the deadliest mass shooting in the USA since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. The suspected shooter was also pronounced dead at the scene.


Jason Coffman displays a photo of his son Cody outside the Thousands Oaks Teene Center.

Sgt. Helus had a wife and son, and was due to retire in the next year from Ventura County, California Sheriff's Office.

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

Officials say the suspect, who has not been identified, was found dead inside.

The gunman opened fire at around 11:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. CT Thursday).

One of whom also survived the Vegas shooting, the LA Times reported. He told her, "I've got to go handle a call". She said she hid with a group of strangers and they were holding hands. "I could still hear gunshots after everyone left", the Times quoted the man as saying.

Reports said there were around a 100 patrons inside the nightclub when the shooting began.

When deputies arrived at the scene three minutes after the first 911 call, shots were still being fired, Dean said.

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