Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

13 dead, including gunman, after shooting at California bar during college night

13 dead, including gunman, after shooting at California bar during college night

Captain Kuredjian said it has been "quite some time" since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 64 kilometres west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

The bar is near several colleges, and is a popular spot for students Wednesday nights.

Speaking to reporters, Jason Coffman confirmed his son Cody, 22, was also killed in the attack.

The suspected gunman was reportedly found dead inside the bar and police have not yet revealed the motives for the shooting. Nine months ago, another mass shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Reports say the suspect may have used smoke grenades and at least one weapon, described as a semi-automatic handgun by witnesses.

The anxious father said the tracking device on the young man's phone showed it was still at the club, and "It's not moving".

Sarah Silikula lives near the bar - close enough that she can hear its music. This is a heart I will never get back.

Whittler said during her escape she was trampled on and hit in the head with a barstool that was being thrown at a window by another person trying to get out. "There is blood everywhere", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

But when Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer entered the bar about 11:20 p.m., gunshots were already piercing the room.

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In a news conference, Dean said 12 victims were killed, including Ron Helus, a sergeant from his department who was one of the first responders to the scene. Helus had meant to retire next year. "We go to the gym together, work out's horrific and awful and it saddens our hearts". He died a hero.

He said he flagged down a nearby police officer and screamed "There's a shooter in there!".

"It was just some lowlife taking lives he shouldn't be taking", he said.

Who are the other victims?

Also, both the Vegas and Borderline shootings involved country music.

When the shooting was over, 13 were dead, including the shooter who was found by responding officers.

The deadliest attack in modern USA history came last year in Las Vegas when a 62-year-old man opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 country music concertgoersfrom the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, killing 58 and wounding hundreds.

Twelve people were killed, including Helus.

Parkland was also rated one of the safest cities in the US before a gunman killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

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