Sheriff: 13 dead, several injured in California mass shooting

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (CBS) -- The Latest on a shooting at a bar in Southern California (all times local):

5:15 a.m.

A law enforcement official says authorities have identified the gunman and the handgun he used to kill 12 people at a Southern California bar.

The official told The Associated Press the man was 29 years old and deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun when he opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles.

The official declined to provide any other details, speaking on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to publicly discuss the investigation.

Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn't say anything as he fired inside the bar. Hundreds of people ran from the scene, some breaking windows and jumping out of second-floor windows to escape.

5:05 a.m.

Video accessed by The Associated Press shows gripping images at the scene of a mass shooting at a California bar.

Several rounds of gunfire can be heard as a terrified witness runs out of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

Police cars are seen arriving and an armed officer takes up position outside the bar. Three men rush out carrying a bloodied fourth individual. They try and stem the bleeding of what appears to be a gunshot wound.

A sheriff says 13 people were killed, including a sheriff's sergeant and the gunman.

5 a.m.

President Donald Trump is offering condolences after a mass shooting at a Southern California bar.

Mr. Trump said on Twitter Thursday that he has been "fully briefed on the terrible shooting." He praised law enforcement, saying "Great bravery shown by police" and said "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims."

A gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" Wednesday night. The mass shooting killed 12 people and sent hundreds fleeing in terror. The gunman was later found dead at the scene.

Law enforcement said the dead from the shooting included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff's sergeant who was the first officer inside the door.

4:55 a.m.

A survivor of the California bar shooting says the gunman was wearing a black hoodie and holding a handgun as he opened fire.

Cole Knapp is a freshman at Moorpark College and was inside the Borderline Bar & Grill when the shooting began.

He says he tried to get as many people to cover as he could. He says he fled through an exit door to a closed patio where he told people "everybody get over the fence as quickly as you can," and followed them over.

Then he says he found a highway patrol officer nearby who just happened to pull someone over, and he screamed to him, "there's a shooter in there!"

Knapp says the officer "was kind of in disbelief," then saw he was serious. He says he has friends who haven't been accounted for.

4:15 a.m.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean choked back tears as he described the sheriff's sergeant killed in a mass shooting at a California bar.

The sheriff said Sgt. Ron Helus undoubtedly saved lives by going in to confront the gunman. He says Helus was the first responder and was immediately hit with multiple gunshots.

He says a highway patrolman pulled out Helus and waited for a SWAT team as scores of other officers converged on the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m.

By the time they entered the bar again the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman. He says Helus was later declared dead at a hospital.

Dean says Helus was his longtime friend and gym partner and planned to retire soon after 29 years with the force. He leaves a wife and son. The sheriff says he told Helus' wife "he died a hero because he went in to save lives."

Dean says around 10 other people were shot and wounded. No other information on the victims was immediately known.

Orignal Story
Multiple people have been killed, including a suspect, in a shooting at a bar filled with college students in Thousand Oaks, California.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of shots fired at Borderline Bar and Grill, located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Helicopters were over the scene where a “College Country” night was being held, according to the bar’s website.

Authorities confirmed a suspect was dead at the scene. The suspect reportedly threw smoke bombs where “hundreds” of people had gathered at the bar.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said it was “an active situation” and nearly a dozen people had been injured, including a deputy.

“We can’t consider this situation under control at this point,” Kuredjian said.

Information on the extent of the victims’ injuries has not yet been released.

A witness who was inside the bar during the shooting said she heard “very, very loud gunshots.”

“There were people in the middle dancing and just hanging out and having a good time and you hear that and you just know something’s up,” Erika Sigman said. “In this community, it’s very hard for me to comprehend it because I’ve been here all my life and to think that – I’ve never experienced it, I’ve just never experienced it.”

One couple told CBS that their daughter had been injured in the shooting.

“She was probably on the [dance] floor when this was going on, because she comes here every Wednesday night,” the victim’s father said. “Things are a little sketchy – we don’t have a lot of information right now.”

Another witness said there was numerous shots fired inside the bar.

This is a developing story. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

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