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Sheriff’s Deputy Is Among 12 Dead In California Bar Shooting - A sheriff's deputy is among the 13 people dead after a mass shooting at a dance hall in Thousand Oaks, California.
As we told you previously, hundreds of people were at the Borderline Bar and Grill at about 11:20 pm local time when shots rang out. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office says a sheriff's deputy is among the victims.
Sergeant Ron Helus was a 29 year veteran of the department and was considering retirement. Sheriff Geoff Dean said ”He gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people.”
The gunman was killed inside the venue. SWAT officers and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. FBI agents are now assisting the investigation. Source: ABC Los Angeles
The shooter reportedly opened fire inside the Borderline Bar and Grill just after midnight local time. As such, the Ventura County Fire Department as well as local police are warning people to stay away from the area as they look for the suspect.
"We're still looking for the shooter,” Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said overnight. “We can't confirm the shooter is in custody at this point.” As for that shooter, witnesses say the person was dressed all in black and entered the club firing. No other details about casualties have been confirmed.