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Thousand Oaks shooter named in second official statement

09 November 2018

The incident was reported at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles.

The unnamed gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill around midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 7, injuring at least 11 people.

Sergeant Ron Helus died of gunshot wounds as he moved in to try to stop Ian David Long's killing spree at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. The patrolman pulled the sergeant from the line of fire, and Helus was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead early Thursday.

Revellers, mostly young college students, are said to be hiding in bathrooms and attic spaces in a bid to flee the gunman who was carrying an "Uzi" machine gun, reports claim. The sheriff says he told Helus' wife "he died a hero because he went in to save lives". No other information on them was immediately known.

The bar was holding a college country nights event between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Wednesday night, its website states.

The US has suffered from mass shootings for decades, but most of the deadliest have occurred in recent years.

Police say they recovered a handgun inside the bar and found the suspect dead inside.

The sheriff's department and the wider community are mourning the "hero" officer today, who was one of the 12 people killed in the mass shooting in Southern California.

An unnamed witness told the newspaper that someone ran into the bar around 11:30 pm and started shooting what looked to be a black pistol.

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The killer also deployed a smoke device, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Kuredjian said that shots were still being fired when sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene.

"Sergeant Helus served with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for 29 years and is survived by his wife and son". "But I've learned, it doesn't matter what community you're in, it doesn't matter how safe your community is".

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

Dean confirmed the weapon was purchased legally, a.45 caliber Glock 21 handgun.

Holden Harrah, who was at the bar, told CNN the gunman walked in and opened fire within seconds.

Thousand Oaks is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and It's considered one of the safest large cities in the country, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics, USA Today reported. "Get out! Let's go!'" she added. "A parent told me that they stood in front of their daughter", said Dean.

"I screamed to him, 'There's a shooter in there!' He was kind of in disbelief, then saw that I was serious", Knapp said.

Thousand Oaks shooter named in second official statement