12 Dead in a Mass Shooting in California

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Television news crews and a fire department Public Information Officer gather near the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a mass shooting occurred, on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. According to reports, at least 12 people have died, including a Ventura County Sheriffs Department sergeant, plus the gunman. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Last night at approximately 11:15 pm Pacific time at the Borderline Country Bar in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Considered “one of the safest places in America”, a gunman armed with a handgun, came into the bar and killed and shot and killed at least 12 people in another mass shooting in America.  Many more are injured.

What we know so far is that the shooter has been identified as 29 year old, Ian David Long, who was 28 years old.  He was an active member of the military from 2008 – 2013 and had made contact with law enforcement and had a history of mental health issues. He walked into the bar, dressed in all black, shot a young lady at the counter, shot the security guard and proceeded to open fire on the group of patrons that were there for “college night”.

The gunman also shot and killed the first responder that got to the scene within 2 minutes of receiving the call.  He was Ventura County Sheriff’s, Deputy Sgt. Ron Helus. Sgt Helus was 54 years old and was a 29-year veteran who was within a couple of years of retiring.

In what was described by witnesses as a “horrific event” as the gunmen stopped shooting to reload, a patron broke out a window at the back end of the establishment and shoved several people out of the window and escaped.

It is believed that Mr. Long killed himself.  Police and the FBI are now working to further identify the motive behind this shooting.

Some that were injured during this shooting were survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017.

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