Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a suspect is dead following multiple fatalities at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
11 bargoers killed, the one suspect dead, one deputy shot and killed
Pepperdine University, Cal Lutheran / California Lutheran University…
Hundreds of students were reportedly attending a college night event at the bar when the shooting took place. Shots were reported as being fired at around 11:45 Pacific time.
This interview with a man who narrowly escaped the #Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks with his son tonight is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen. What is happening in America? When will it end? When will we say enough is enough? pic.twitter.com/eAgbfINv2e
— Ev Boyle (@evboyle) November 8, 2018
Suspect appears to have used only one weapon — a large handgun; he had time to change clips. Witnesses say he was throwing “smoke grenades” / smoke bombs. They recall the suspect had facial hair, headwear, black jacket or coat, and prescription glasses.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former Marine.
VIDEO: Ventura County Sheriff's Department confirms Sgt. Ron Helus one of 12 people killed during mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, California (KTLA)
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) November 8, 2018
The killed deputy has been identified as Sgt. Ron Helus who had been on the force for 29 years and was considering retiring in the next year. He was the first to enter the nightclub after the shooting. His wife has been informed that he died a hero, entering the crime scene to save lives. “…hardworking… dedicated… totally committed… gave his all.”
Victim hotline: 805-465-6650
The FBI is now on the scene assisting the Sheriff’s department.
"The shots kept going and going and going." Terrifying accounts coming out of shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. @wusa9 Multiple people are dead, including the shooter pic.twitter.com/NOoEiZ7PiX
— Marcella Robertson (@Marcella_Rob) November 8, 2018
As this is breaking news, more details will be added as they become available.