Gunman Kills 12 In Popular Country Bar In Southern California

***UPDATE 10:35 EASTERN

The gunman has been identified as 29-year old ex-Marine, Ian Long. He lived in nearby Newbury Park. In April of this year, deputies had been called to his home after a ‘disturbance’ was reported. When police arrived, he was ‘irate’ and acting ‘irrationally’ so they called in their mental health expert. Long was cleared, and the police and expert decided to leave him at home and not have him committed.

Ian Long, 29, opened fire on the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11.20pm. Long had been cleared by mental health experts after an incident in his home in April, sheriffs revealed on Thursday morning.

He killed 11 people inside the bar and one of the first cops on the scene before taking his own life.

Survivors from the shooting said he looked ‘like he knew what he was doing’ as he repeatedly fired his legally purchased Glock .45 handgun.

Source: Daily Mail

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A lone gunman entered and opened fire inside a popular country bar in Southern California.

Details are still coming out about the horrific massacre during a college night event at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Thousand Oaks is in Ventura County about a 40-minute drive northwest of Los Angeles.

There were about 200 people in the bar at the time, some of whom were under 21. Those under the drinking age had an ‘X’ marked on their hands to indicate that they would not drink. It’s believed that students from two Christian colleges, Pepperdine University, and California Lutheran University were present at the time of the shooting.

A man wearing all black with his face covered entered the bar around 11:20, shot the bouncer, a young woman working as a cashier, then threw smoke grenades onto the dance floor and opened fire on the crowd. Eleven people inside the bar were killed and an additional 10 and 15 injured victims. The gunman fired at least 30 times with his pistol using extended magazines.

The first officers arrived just three minutes after the 911 call, and one officer was shot multiple times by the gunman and died in the hospital. The shooter then turned his gun on himself. When more police arrived, after safely evacuating the rest of the patrons of the bar, they found the gunman dead inside.

The shooter has not yet been identified.

Twelve people have been killed at a country music bar in southern California after a masked gunman wearing all black opened fire on crowds of college kids before taking his own life with a semi-automatic handgun.

The shooter, who has not been named publicly but has been identified by police, stormed Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday at 11.20pm. He first shot the bouncer then opened fire on the crowds of youngsters who were there to enjoy a night of line dancing and country music.

As dozens ran for their lives and used bar stools to shatter the windows to escape, the shooter continued firing his black semi-automatic pistol and throwing smoke grenades to confuse them.

When the first police officers arrived at the scene three minutes later, the gunman shot one of them multiple times before shooting himself. By the time SWAT teams arrived, he was dead. The sheriff’s sergeant who was shot later died in hospital. He was Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran.

In total, 13 are dead; 11 people inside the bar, the sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman.

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Witnesses were sharing their stories.

‘I was just dancing normally and I heard what I thought was a balloon pop. I was confused then I heard it a couple more times then I turned around and I saw him.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean chokes up speaking about the death of Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, who died a hero.

‘I ran to the nearest exit and tripped and fell on the way I knocked on as many doors as I could until someone would answer me and finally someone did. It was awful,’ Taylor Von Molt, a promoter for the club, told CNN.

She said the gunman’s mask looked like a bandanna and was covering the bottom of his face.

‘He had a black mask, it looked like a bandanna, on the bottom of his face, sunglasses dark hoodie, dark jeans. He was kind of bigger, more burly. Scary,’ the 21-year-old said.

Teylor Whittler, another witness, said the gunman had ‘perfect form’ and ‘looked like he knew what he was doing.’

‘I saw three people get shot by him. As soon as he walked in, he had perfect form. I’m born in a military family and I’ve been around guns my entire life so I know a bit about them.

‘He looked like he knew what he was doing. He had practiced, he had been shooting before,’ she told Fox News.

Sheriff Geoff Dean chokes up as he speaks of the death of the first officer on the scene, Sgt. Ron Helus.

Sgt. Ron Helus

Borderline Bar and Grill was a popular spot with students from two nearby Christian colleges.

Pepperdine University confirmed on Thursday morning that some of its students were among those in the bar. It is unclear if they were among those killed.

‘The University has determined that multiple Pepperdine students were on site at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. At this time, the University is working to identify and provide support to those students.

‘Pepperdine officials are working with authorities and will provide updates as more information is available. The University offers its deepest condolences and is praying for everyone involved in tonight’s tragic events,’ it said.

Classes at California Lutheran, which is also nearby, were cancelled.

People were hiding from the shooter in bathrooms and attic spaces, while others who managed to escape fled to nearby gas stations for medical help.

Source: Daily Mail

President Trump tweeted about the incident this morning.

What a tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims and the families that have lost loved ones in this horrific incident.

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