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A gunman opened fire in a packed bar in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday sight, killing at least 12 people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, and wounding others before being found dead at the scene, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.
About 11:20 p.m., authorities received multiple 911 calls about shots being fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill, located at 99 Rolling Oaks. Drive.
A sheriff’s sergeant and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive on scene, responding with minutes. Dean said. After hearing gunshots, they decided to go into the restaurant, fearing there might be victims inside.
Sgt. Ron Helus entered and was struck by multiple bullets, the sheriff said. The CHP officer went out and secured the perimeter until additional units arrived, then went to rescue Helus from the line of fire.
“It’s a horrific scene in there, there is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn’t want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation,” he said.
The suspect has not yet been identified, but a law enforcement source described him as a 29-year-old man to the Los Angeles Times. The source told the newspaper the man drove his mother’s car to the bar, was armed with a handgun and had some kind of smoke device with him.
Investigators are still working to determine a motive.
Witnessed described the gunman as tall and wearing all black with a hood over his head and his face partly covered. They said he first fired on a person working the door, then appeared to open fire at random at the people inside.
“We have no idea whether there is a terrorism link or not,” Dean said, adding there was no reason to believe there was, but they would look at that option.
A handgun was recovered at the scene, but investigators did not find any type of assault rifle in the bar, he added.
The shooting took place as the bar was hosting its weekly “College Country Night,” and authorities said hundreds were inside when the gunfire erupted. Many were students, witnesses said.
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