Las Vegas massacre survivors were also at California bar shooting

Mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks CA dozens reportedly injured incl police officer

Americans woke up to another mass shooting tragedy on Thursday morning, this time in Thousand Oaks, California at a popular college student spot, Borderline Bar & Grill, which was hosting its weekly 18-and-over College Country Night.

Law enforcement had several previous contacts with Long, including in April, when officers were called to a disturbance at his home, the sheriff said.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Captain Garo Kuredjian said the first reports of shots fired came around 11.20pm local time at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Twelve people, including a police officer, have been killed after a gunman opened fire in a southern California bar. "He went in to save lives, to save other people", he said of Helus. "I love you. I'll talk to you later". Dean said Helus undoubtedly saved lives by going in to confront the gunman.

Multiple other victims with different levels of injury have been confirmed.

"But unfortunately, you go into the unknown, you know there's shots being fired, obviously the suspect was in there and ready for him, " he said.

Helus had been at the department for almost three decades, and was planning to retire within the next year, the sheriff said, choking back tears.

"You know we go to the gym together, work out together, and its horrific and awful and it saddens our heart", said Dean, who appeared visibly emotional and on the verge of tears.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene as panicked patrons smashed windows to get out. It saddens us all and tears at our emotions.

Friends are remembering the man who was killed trying to stop the shooting rampage as a "cop's cop" who didn't hesitate to run toward danger.


Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force, looking to retire in the next year.

"It's a horrific scene in there", he said.

"As soon as he walked in he had flawless form", said Whittler, who added she grew up in a military family.

He said Sergeant Helus was on the SWAT team for much of his career and worked in narcotics and investigations.

"It's really sad", Novaks said.

Among those killed was a Ventura County sheriff sergeant called Ron Helus, who was responding to the emergency call.

Tributes to the fallen officer poured in nearly immediately Thursday morning.

President Donald Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning that he was "fully briefed" on the shooting. He said responding deputies could hear gunshots as they arrived.

Helus, who lived in neighboring Moorpark with his wife and son, died at about 2 a.m.at a hospital.

Justin Meek was identified as a victim by family to ABC7 News.

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