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Thousand Oaks, CA - 13 Dead Including Gunman In Shooting At California Bar

Published on: November 8, 2018 06:55 AM
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This image made from aerial video show officers around a Police SUV in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, early Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Authorities say there were multiple injuries - including one officer - after a man opened fire in Southern California bar late Wednesday. (KABC via AP)This image made from aerial video show officers around a Police SUV in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, early Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Authorities say there were multiple injuries - including one officer - after a man opened fire in Southern California bar late Wednesday. (KABC via AP)

Thousand Oaks, CA - Thirteen people are dead after a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly “college night” Wednesday in Southern California, sending hundreds fleeing in terror including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said.

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The dead included 11 people inside the bar, the gunman and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean said at a news conference early Thursday in the parking lot of the Borderline Bar & Grill. “There’s blood everywhere.”

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood over his head and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations at the scene. He first fired on a person working the door then appeared to open fire at random at the people inside, they said.

Many more people had more minor injuries, including some that came from the attempt to flee, Dean said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m., the sheriff said. They heard gunfire and went inside.

Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Dean said. The highway patrolman cleared the perimeter and pulled Helus out, and waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived.

By the time they entered the bar again the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.

It’s not yet clear how the gunman died, and authorities do not yet know his name or have any idea of a motive, Dean said.

An FBI agent talks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)An FBI agent talks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website.

When the gunman entered, people screamed and fled to all corners of the bar, while a few people threw barstools through the windows and helped dozens to escape, witnesses said.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was on the dance floor with her friends nearby when she saw the gunman shooting and heard screams to “get down.”

“It was really, really really shocking,” Whitler told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline parking lot. “It looked like he knew what he was doing.”

Shootings of any kind are very rare in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and son and planned to retire in the coming year, said the sheriff, who choked back tears several times as he talked about the sergeant who was also his longtime friend.

“Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant who was totally committed,” Dean said, “and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives.”



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 Nov 08, 2018 at 07:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Trumpinthewhitehouse
Can't wait for your comment that it's Obama's fault....

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 08:48 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

This is the 48th mass killing in the US so far this year. Two hundred and forty-three people have died in these attacks.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 08:49 AM Normal Says:

America loves guns more than their children. Idiots. Australia banned guns 20 years ago and there has never been a mass shooting since. Criminals have guns but are not interested in mass shootings, they only shoot each other. I'm starting to think you deserve these tragedies if you are so stupid as to allow psychotics to own multiple machine guns and automatic weapons. In Australia we seem to still be able to live our lives without anyone having guns and we know we won't get shot when we walk down the street or go to school. Idiots.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:10 AM hashomer Says:

Killer was obviously a member of an NRA well regulated militia, as in the 2nd Amendment... Or maybe he was an escapee from that Caravan... or not...

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:30 AM Curiosity Says:

Reply to #3  
Normal Says:

America loves guns more than their children. Idiots. Australia banned guns 20 years ago and there has never been a mass shooting since. Criminals have guns but are not interested in mass shootings, they only shoot each other. I'm starting to think you deserve these tragedies if you are so stupid as to allow psychotics to own multiple machine guns and automatic weapons. In Australia we seem to still be able to live our lives without anyone having guns and we know we won't get shot when we walk down the street or go to school. Idiots.

Australia is a giant island with tight borders. America has porous borders that half the country doesn't want to address. Criminals can and do easily purchase one of the thousands of weapons smuggled in through Mexico each year. Who's the idiot? Disarming law abiding American citizens won't happen until the border is perfectly sealed, criminals are all locked up, and the government can not become tyrannical. Ie: never.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Guns don't kill people, people kill people..I have served in the military, law enforcement and am a normal law abiding citizen. I carry a permitted concealed weapon daily and have never committed a crime or murdered anyone. mentally deficient individuals are not permitted to own fire arms, do they slip through the cracks, sometimes, however stricter vetting of purchasers is the solution, not the ban of weapons. Chicago, IL has one of the toughest gun laws in the USA, yet its murder rate is the highest in the country. Recently in Birmingham, Alabama a man and his 2 sons were sitting in a McDonalds when an armed masked individual entered and started shooting. The law abiding licensed to carry individual shot & killed the shooter, even though he & his son were shot, and thus preventing an even greater carnage. Unfortunately this incident was not widely reported by the media. Perhaps civility & respect still prevail in Australia. JOBS not MOBS!

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:18 AM Normal Says:

Reply to #5  
Curiosity Says:

Australia is a giant island with tight borders. America has porous borders that half the country doesn't want to address. Criminals can and do easily purchase one of the thousands of weapons smuggled in through Mexico each year. Who's the idiot? Disarming law abiding American citizens won't happen until the border is perfectly sealed, criminals are all locked up, and the government can not become tyrannical. Ie: never.

Yeah you're the idiot because guns are not available, mainly because because they are not sold at every Kmart and Target to anyone, including psychos that want one and if you are caught with a gun it's five years jail or whatever it is. Nothing to do with borders. Make guns illegal in the USA, give police the power to search cars and individuals and that is the end of mass shootings.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:22 AM Normal Says:

PS as I said, criminals have guns in Australia. You can buy anything for money anywhere in the world. Non-criminals don't have guns because it's so risky to buy and the penalties are severe for having one. You're average 18 year old here won't know how to get one even if he wanted to kill his whole class. You can't go to target and just buy one.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:32 AM Normal Says:

Reply to #5  
Curiosity Says:

Australia is a giant island with tight borders. America has porous borders that half the country doesn't want to address. Criminals can and do easily purchase one of the thousands of weapons smuggled in through Mexico each year. Who's the idiot? Disarming law abiding American citizens won't happen until the border is perfectly sealed, criminals are all locked up, and the government can not become tyrannical. Ie: never.

Your argument falls down again, because once guns were made illegal 56,000 weapons were handed in to police and destroyed, so people had the weapons and voluntarily got rid of them. So nothing to do with open borders. You are forgetting that most people are honest and won't keep their guns and also because they don't want to go to jail just like most people do their taxes correctly because the penalties here are harsh.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:36 AM Normal Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Guns don't kill people, people kill people..I have served in the military, law enforcement and am a normal law abiding citizen. I carry a permitted concealed weapon daily and have never committed a crime or murdered anyone. mentally deficient individuals are not permitted to own fire arms, do they slip through the cracks, sometimes, however stricter vetting of purchasers is the solution, not the ban of weapons. Chicago, IL has one of the toughest gun laws in the USA, yet its murder rate is the highest in the country. Recently in Birmingham, Alabama a man and his 2 sons were sitting in a McDonalds when an armed masked individual entered and started shooting. The law abiding licensed to carry individual shot & killed the shooter, even though he & his son were shot, and thus preventing an even greater carnage. Unfortunately this incident was not widely reported by the media. Perhaps civility & respect still prevail in Australia. JOBS not MOBS!

Why would you want to own a gun of no-one else had a gun? Stupid reasoning. I'm totally sick of hearing guns don't kill, people kill. Stupid argument and you are part of the problem. Don't you care that thousands get killed by guns unnecessarily?

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

This is the 48th mass killing in the US so far this year. Two hundred and forty-three people have died in these attacks.

Thank you for your statistical report. Are you keeping tabs?

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 11:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
hashomer Says:

Killer was obviously a member of an NRA well regulated militia, as in the 2nd Amendment... Or maybe he was an escapee from that Caravan... or not...

Or not, is the key, as with all your rants. Plain and simple, he was a nut case. Until we enforce laws to remove firearms from people with mental issues, these kind of events will continue. It's not about the politics.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 08:22 PM Fake News is Devastated Says:

That the killer wasn't a Trump supporter, they would be living up this story for weeks.

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