Innocent People Killed in Mass Shooting

Innocent People Killed in Mass Shooting

A sheriff's deputy, Sgt. Ron Helus, arrived at the scene with a California Highway Patrol officer and was shot multiple times, according to the AP.

The identity of the gunman is allegedly 28-year-old David Ian Long, a military veteran who apparently drove his mother's vehicle to the scene.

Ron Helus, a Ventura County sheriff's sergeant, was killed in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night.

Dean said Long was known to officers through a minor traffic collision and was a victim of a battery incident at a different bar.

Here's what we know of Long so far. People out there didn't really know what was going on.

Dean said that officials found a Glock.45-caliber handgun at the scene. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that".

"We have no idea if there is a terrorism link to this or not".

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.

The gunman was found dead.

Long was a US Marine Corps veteran, Dean said.

Dean said his officers had several interactions with Long, including an April call to his home.

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"Great bravery shown by police". "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims". "We'll provide that to you as we bring all our witness statements together and we feel more comfortable about talking about that", Dean said.

Dean said in the news conference that some people who tried to escape the chaos by breaking windows might have been injured.

"I was confused because we didn't have any balloons". That exit leads to a patio where people smoke.

The venue was hosting a country music event for college students and its possible several hundred young people were inside. Many of those at the bar were regulars, she said.

One of whom also survived the Vegas shooting, the LA Times reported.

"I started hearing these big pops. Pop pop pop", he said.

Investigators believe Long arrived Wednesday night at the bar in a vehicle, shot a security guard who was standing outside and then stepped inside.

"There are a few people we can't get a hold of, but in these situations, people usually turn off their phones to be safe so I'm not gonna get too anxious". He first shot a security guard standing outside, then went in and opened fire inside the nightclub, the sheriff said. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that majority were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows.

People dropped to the floor and hid behind bar stools in stunned silence.

His handgun was created to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber - but the extended magazine, which is illegal in California, held more bullets, Dean said. Witnesses described a rapid sequence of shots that it made them think he was using a semi-automatic weapon. "There's a fence right there so I said, 'Everyone get over the fence as quickly as you can, and I followed them over".

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