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Multiple fatalities in shooting at a Californian bar

At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California At Least 11 People Injured in Shooting at a Bar in Thousand Oaks, California
Deanna Wagner | 09 November, 2018, 04:11

"That's the stuff I'm truly going to miss", he said.

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations. Some dived through windows while others hid in restrooms.

On Thursday, authorities provided an update on the shooting.

Video accessed by the AP showed law enforcement officers and vehicles speeding to the scene and people running from the bar.

At least a dozen people were killed - including a "hero" cop who was due to retire next year and died bravely trying to save others' lives.

"I was at the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, it's a big thing for us, we're all a big family and unfortunately this family got hit twice", said Nicholas Champion.

The shooting began at 23:20 local time on Wednesday about 40 miles (65km) north-west of Los Angeles, police say. But most agree that there was a shooting and many people fled the bar and grill.

Sgt. Ron Helus was a 29-year veteran of the police force. Helus had meant to retire next year.

Officials have not released the names of all the victims as they worked to notify the families.

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The Borderline Bar & Grill lists a "College Country Night" which takes place on Wednesdays, and is said to be popular with students. Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside. Helus was shot multiple times upon entering the bar and later died at a hospital.

Mr Coffman told reporters that his son - who had two younger brothers, aged eight and six - had been planning to join the military and was also looking forward to the arrival of a baby sister later this month.

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.

Long also had been a victim of battery at a different Thousand Oaks bar in January 2015, the sheriff said. The marine corps told news organizations that Long served in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011.

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran who authorities said had an episode of erratic behavior last spring that was thought to be post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military background. The sheriff believes Dean took his own life. Investigators are working out the details of what transpired, Dean added.

But Dean said the gun had an extended magazine that is illegal in California.

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

President Donald Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning that he was "fully briefed" on the shooting.

Additional units, including SWAT personnel arrived on the scene minutes later and found 11 victims and the deceased gunman.