California shooting: what we know about the gunman


Jason Coffman spoke to reporters Thursday about Cody Coffman, his firstborn - who was killed when a gunman entered Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA and began firing upon the crowd.

Possibly several hundred people were in the Borderline Bar and Grill at an event for college students when the shooting erupted, said Gary Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office.

Freshman Mahala Bayless said the community is coming together in the wake of the tragedy.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, hopping over gates and just trying to get out", he told the affiliate. "I don't know the condition of the victims but my understanding is there are a number (of) wounded included a local deputy ... all of the victims have been transported to hospitals", Fox told CNN on the phone.

Deputies were called to Long's house in response to a disturbance in April, 2018 and "felt he might be suffering from PTSD", he said. Mental health specialists talked to him and didn't feel he qualified to be detained under the state's "5150" mental health detention law, Dean said.

Dean said Long was a Marine veteran, and said there was a chance he suffered from PTSD.

The gunman used a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun created to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber, but the gun had an extended magazine, the sheriff said.

Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Dean said. The gun was legally purchased, he added. "We don't know if he reloaded his weapon or not, we're still interviewing witnesses".

The descriptions of chaos inside the club were similar to those reported during the slaughter of 49 clubgoers at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016.

"It appears he walked up to the scene".

"I look up - the security guard is dead".

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Witnesses told ABC News that a man fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs and starting to fire again.

Officials have not released the names of all the victims as they worked to notify the families.

Authorities said the motive for the attack Wednesday night was under investigation.

Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department and an officer from the California Highway Patrol were the first to arrive on the scene just before 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

At least 10 to 15 people also were injured, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

"There's not a better place for us to be", Bayless said. "Oh Cody, I love you son".

John Hedge told NBC News he and his stepdad were in the bar and were forced to take cover when the shooting started. "From what I heard, the gunman started shooting at the front desk".

President Donald Trump tweeted about the tragedy Thursday morning, thanking law enforcement for their bravery.

The massacre has rocked the city of Thousand Oaks - known for its sleepy bedroom community and low crime rates. "I thought I was passionate about this cause and about gun control before, but until it happens to you".

The Sheriff's Office set up a hotline for those who may be affected by the shooting, at 805-465-6650.