California bar shooting: Authorities declare gunman dead; 11 people injured

Geraldine Edwards
November 9, 2018

By the time they entered the bar again, the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.

There were roughly 200 people in the bar for a popular weekly "College Country" night, police said. Dean says Helus was his longtime friend and gym partner and planned to retire soon after 29 years with the force. People were trying to get out the window....

"I can't tell you what the status of any of those that were shot is at this point", he said.

Authorities have yet to confirm all the names of those killed in the rampage allegedly committed by former U.S. Marine Ian David Long. Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, with a deployment in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011, military records show.

The killer used a.45 caliber handgun during the attack, according to authorities, the AP reported.

"It's been a rough night for all of us", Buschow said, according to the report. "We don't know if he reloaded his weapon or not, we're still interviewing witnesses".

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"It appears he walked up to the scene". I look up. The security guard. was shot, he was down.

The Los Angeles Times quoted a law enforcement official as saying that at least 30 shots were fired inside the bar.

John Hedge told NBC News he and his stepdad were in the bar and were forced to take cover when the shooting started. The highway patrolman pulled Helus out, then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived.

About two dozen parents waited nearby early Thursday morning for news of their children.

Dean says 10 other people were shot and wounded. "I gotta go on a call, '" Dean said.

"We lost a hero", he said.

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Newsom said he supports people's right to bear arms, but he is concerned about gun violence and thinks California should lead the way on gun controls. "From what I heard, the gunman started shooting at the front desk".

He said he has no doubt Helus' tactics at the scene "were sound when he went in". "My stepdad dove and took cover and yelled at me, 'John, hit the deck!"

"It was a huge panic, everyone got up, I was trampled, I was kind of left on the floor until some guy came behind me and grabbed me and dragged me out".

Holden Harrah told CNN the gunman opened fire within seconds.

President Trump today praised the bravery of police in responding to the shooting.

"Hey, I gotta go handle a call". This is a trusted know that this happened in my safe place is a very, very scary thing.

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Thousand Oaks is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and It's considered one of the safest large cities in the country, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics, USA Today reported.

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