California shooting: what we know about the gunman

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

Multiple people were killed in a mass shooting at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said. He was found dead in the office of the Borderline, after reportedly having shot himself.

Officers arrived on the scene 2 to 3 minutes after the initial call to law enforcement as shots continued to ring out, Dean said. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are on scene. "I saw the security guard was down and he had been shot".

Authorities urged the public to avoid the area.

It was the nation's deadliest such attack since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago.

It is the latest mass killing in the United States, and comes less than two weeks after 11 people were killed in a shooting at a Jewish religious center.

There was no known motive for the shooting, Dean said.

At least 12 people have been killed, including a police officer, at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

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

A SWAT team from the Ventura County Sherrif's Department, arrived within minutes, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other officers to find the bar strewn with bodies, survivors huddling in terror, and others desperately trying to get out.

Thousands of mourners lined US Highway 101 on Thursday morning to watch as a hearse carrying Helus' body traveled from a hospital in Thousand Oaks to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

By the time they entered the bar again, the gunfire had stopped, according to the sheriff. They found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.

Earlier this year, police were called to his home after neighbors reported what officers described as a disturbance. Their ages range from 18 to 33 - a reflection of the crowd drawn to the "College Country Night" at the bar. SKY2 was over the scene where a "College Country" night was being held, according to the bar's website.

Wennerstrom, a student at nearby California State University, Channel Islands, soon followed them to safety.

Around 15 people were also injured, the sheriff said, including several who were hurt "jumping out of windows, diving under tables".

Video from the scene accessed by The Associated Press is punctuated by loud sounds of several rounds of gunfire. A terrified witness runs out.

Cole Knapp, a freshman at Moorpark, said he was inside the bar when the shooting began, but thought at first that it was "just someone with an M-80, just kind of playing a prank". "You're always overanalyzing people, trying to figure out if something were to go down, 'What would I do?'" My parents let me go here.

"We heard shots, I looked up and knew exactly what was happening. I love you", Helus, 54, told his wife, according to Dean. This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

As far as whether the shooting in California and other recent mass shootings will deter people from wanting to go out to bars and nightclubs, the reaction was mixed.

Knapp said he has friends who haven't been accounted for. It was holding its weekly country music and dance night at the time of the shooting.

In social media posts, Molly Mauer said she was at Borderline and also survived Vegas.

"This is a very close-knit community", Kuredjian said, adding that Thousand Oaks - north and west of Los Angeles - is a "pro-law-enforcement community" as well.

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