Thousand Oaks: At least 12 killed at California bar shooting

Thousand Oaks: At least 12 killed at California bar shooting

Terrified patrons - many of whom were college students - scrambled for the exits after the gunman started shooting people with a handgun in the Borderline Bar and Grill at around 11:20 pm on Wednesday.

"I am not at the hospital, I'm at the teen centre where they tell the parents to go to basically wait for information", Mr Coffman told CNN.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long shot a security guard standing outside before entering the bar and firing on other staff.

Long joined the Marines in 2008 and rose to the rank of corporal before leaving active service in 2013, Joseph Butterfield, a Marine spokesman, wrote in an email.

"He had flawless form", bar patron Teylor Whittler told Fox News.

"It looked like he knew what he was doing", Whitler told KABC-TV.

Authorities have not yet determined a motive for the killings.

"It's a horrific scene in there".

Champion said that witnessing the mass shooting helped him decide to become a firefighter.

Among the dead was a sheriff's sergeant who charged into the bar to confront the shooter. "I told his wife he died a hero - he went in to save lives", Dean said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were seen visiting a residence believed to be Long's in Newbury Park, California, which neighbors Thousand Oaks.

The gunman was found dead. "I have been talking to you for a little while, I am pooped out, I'm spent". Police said he killed himself. Helus is survived by a wife and son.

A short time later, just before 10 a.m., he received the news he said would forever change his life. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out. He was an athletic young man who loved baseball, football, and the outdoors. Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident.

"If the Lord took him away, we know that he's in a better place", he said.

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Dean described the scene inside the bar as "like hell".

"They felt he might be suffering from PTSD, the fact he was a veteran and had been in the Corps", Dean said.

The sheriff said a mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

Long was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he'd served as a machine gunner.

Matt Wennerstrom said he is a regular at the Borderline Bar & Grill and customers are like his "family".

Dean said in the news conference that some people who tried to escape the chaos by breaking windows might have been injured.

Jason said he held out hope until the last minute - but finally authorities notified him that his son was among the victims of the attack.

He added that Long had had previous contact with law enforcement.

"There were people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics", he added.

A deputy sheriff and a doorman were among the wounded.

Cody was the second victim identified in America's latest mass shooting.

Once again, President Donald Trump has ordered flags at half-staff "in a mark of solemn respect".

This violence came just days after 11 people were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue, months after 17 students and staff were massacred in a high school at Parkland, Florida, and a year after 84 people were killed in rampages in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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