12 killed in shooting at California bar packed with college students

At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California

Ian David Long, 28, is believed to have been the gunman in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

"He was a hero before and he remains a hero now", said Ventura County Sheriff Union President Scott Peterson, who went to the academy with Helus some 30 years ago.

Telemachus Orfanos, known to his friends as Tel, was lucky to survive America's worst mass shooting in November 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Long was in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2013, reaching the rank of corporal and serving as a machine gunner in Afghanistan, and the sheriff said he may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Witnesses said he wore something like a ski mask as he opened fire in the packed club at around 11.20pm on Wednesday evening.

The Borderline, which has a large dance hall along with several smaller areas for eating and drinking, was holding one of its regular "College Country Nights".

Dean said his department had several previous contacts with Long, a former US Marine, including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

'All I wanted to do was get as many people out as possible, ' he said while wearing a bloodstained t-shirt.

Seargent Ron Helus of Ventura County Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement official to arrive at the Borderline Wednesday night.

Dean said Long was armed with a single handgun, a.45 caliber Glock 21, which he purchased legally. "I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military".

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Authorities are investigating reports that the gunman used a smoke bomb but said they had not found anything to support this. By the time they entered the bar again the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.

Dean said Long was a veteran of the U.S. marine corps.

He recalled their last conversation as the younger man was leaving for Borderline: "I talked to him last night before he headed out the door". However, mental health specialists who were called in "talked to him, and cleared him". "I just started hearing these big pops".

The gunman was later found dead at the scene.

For hours after the attack and into the early morning hours of Thursday, Housley's family was desperately seeking information about her. He lives near the bar and said numerous regulars grew up in the area and have known each other since they were kids. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are on scene. "Fortunately it helped save a lot of lives that they fled the scene so rapidly", he said.

The officer was on the phone to his wife when the emergency call came in, telling her: "Hey I gotta go handle a call".

When the gunshots paused, Wennerstorm said he knew the shooter must be reloading, and he didn't waste the moment. Nearby colleges include California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands, Pepperdine University and Moorpark College. "I can't imagine what they're going through right now".

He bolted toward an exit onto a smoking patio, filled with more people who hadn't heard the gunshots over the loud music "and I told them get over that fence and just run". "I tried to pull down as many people as I could", he said.

Jasmin Alexander, who was with around 15 friends at the bar, said there was chaos and confusion inside when shots rang out. Both were working when the shooter began firing on patrons, Laura Meek said. "It looked like he knew what he was doing". That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital.

Helus was not only a 29-year sheriff veteran, but he was also a husband and father.

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