Gunman kills 12 in California bar packed with students

Emergency services at the scene

Emergency services at the scene

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean spoke up about the fallen sergeant who gave his life trying to stop the shooter.

He told reporters when officers arrived at the bar to reports of shots being fired, they could hear gunfire.

"Within a split second, everybody yelled 'get down, ' " she said.

Borderline Bar was hosting a popular college country night event when the shooting happened Wednesday night.

"They found 11 victims that had been killed", said Dean of the first response unit before detailing that the death of Helus brought the toll to 12, not including the gunman.

Less than two weeks after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that killed 11, another mass shooting has taken a dozen lives in California. "He took decisive action, and it's just a tragic loss for us", Buschow said.

Whitler said then she heard "Get up, he's coming!" and people trampled on each other to get out.

It was "college night" at the bar, and many students were there to learn the country two-step. "That's the stuff I'm truly going to miss", he said.

President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, said on Twitter that he had been "fully briefed on the bad shooting in California".

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Her friends escaped the shooting but later said they'd lost her in the chaos. "There was probably three or four", one young man told local television station KABC.

Sarah Rose DeSon told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she saw the shooter draw his gun. Helus died while being treated at an area hospital several hours after he was shot, Dean said. People dropped to the floor and hid behind bar stools in stunned silence.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Jason Coffman displays a photo of his son Cody outside the Thousands Oaks Teene Center where he came hoping to find his son who was at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nov.8, 2018.

The gunman entered the California bar dressed in black and armed with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was set to retire next year, CNN reported.

Dean said police had previous run-ins with Long, including a call to his home where he was acting irrationally.

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Law enforcement was ushering Helus' casket through town in a motorcade, and crowds began to line the streets as Harris Faulkner interviewed Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian on the incident.

President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, said on Twitter that he had been "fully briefed on the bad shooting in California".

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