Monday, 10 December, 2018

Las Vegas massacre survivor dies in California bar shooting

In this image made from aerial video police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks California early Thursday Nov. 8 2018. Authorities say there were multiple injuries _ including one officer _ after a man opened fire in S At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California
Deanna Wagner | 09 November, 2018, 15:59

Sgt. Helus was one of 12 people killed by ex-Marine Ian Long, 28, at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday evening.

"They hid up in the attic, they hid in the bathroom", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. The others killed have not been identified.

Authorities brought in a mental health specialist who concluded that Long could not be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation but anxious the 28-year-old Marine veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

The gunman, also found dead, used a handgun fitted with an extended magazine for extra bullets.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant".

Julie Hanson, who lives next door to Long's ranch-style home, described him as "odd" and "disrespectful" well before he left home a decade ago, got married and enlisted in the Marines, becoming a machine gunner.She could often hear him yelling and cursing, but several months ago unusually loud banging and shouting prompted her husband to call authorities. Helus was taken to a hospital where he died on Thursday morning. The bodies of the other victims killed were found at the scene. He lives near the bar and said numerous regulars grew up in the area and have known each other since childhood.

Survivors described moments of panic and heroism. Many of those at the bar were regulars, she said.

Others rushed from local hospital to hospital in search of news, with at least 22 people taken from the bar to various hospitals with gunshot wounds.

Erika Sigman, 19, was another witness.

"She was the kind of girl that if you had friends, you'd want them to marry her", she said.

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Matt Wennerstrom said he pulled people behind a pool table, and he and friends shielded women with their bodies after hearing the shots.

KNBC-TV spoke to a man at a reunification center which had been set up for families. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel'.

Holden Harrah, a young man who saw the incident, cried as he told CNN that a place where he goes every week to have fun with friends had been a scene of carnage.

Mourners outside a reception centre for families of victims.

"It was just a normal Wednesday night, just having a good time", said Moorpark College freshman Cole Knapp, who suddenly heard a loud bang that he initially dismissed as a prankster setting off a firecracker.

Deputies were called to Long's house in response to a disturbance in April, 2018 and "felt he might be suffering from PTSD", he said.

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

President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, said on Twitter that he had been "fully briefed on the awful shooting in California".

She was joined by the couple's son Jordan and other deputies from Ventura County Sheriff's Office, who formed a huge honor guard as the murdered officer's remains were driven past.