Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

What we know about the California mass shooting

What we know about the California mass shooting

The shooting, which also killed a law enforcement officer, took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

A sheriff's captain says eleven people were shot late Wednesday when a suspect opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar.

Civilians and other deputies pulled Sergeant Helus from the bar and he was taken to Los Robles hospital, where he died an hour later. But Sheriff Dean has since said that the gunman died at the scene.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean added of his former colleague: "He was totally committed, he gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero".

He said: "We will pray, begin to comfort one another in our grief, and hold the families, friends and loved ones of the victims in our hearts".

The venue in the quiet, upscale Thousand Oaks suburb had been hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said earlier.

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. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out of the bar.

It is believed that Long killed himself at the bar, Dean said. We are still looking for the shooter.

Screen capture from video from the scene of a shooting at a bar in California, November 8, 2018.

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"You just don't expect it to happen in Thousand Oaks".

Sgt. Ron Helus was a 29-year veteran of the police force. The gunman was later found dead at the scene.

The incident happened at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles.

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

"There's no doubt that they saved lives by going in there and engaging with the suspect", said Dean, who was set to retire on Friday. One of them was Jason Coffman, father of a 22-year-old man who he learned was among those killed.

Nick Steinwender, who is part of the university's student government, said his friends were inside the bar when the shooting started.

Deputies are at Long's home, seeking to serve a search warrant, Dean said.

Law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders, along with several ambulances, additional units from the California Highway Patrol, Simi Valley and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reached the spot soon after the shooting was reported.

"I saw somebody on the floor as I was running to the front door to get out", he said.

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