No fatalities have been reported and the Ventura County Star said that at least four ambulances were at the scene to treat the victims. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Less than two weeks after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that killed 11, another mass shooting has taken a dozen lives in California. That, in turn, closely followed the series of pipe bombs mailed to critics of President Donald Trump.
Helus was one of the first on the scene and was struck multiple times when he went through the front door, the sheriff's office said.
Sergeant Ron Helus is among the victims killed. "They would go fishing up in the Sierras together". Sergeant Helus immediately made entry into the bar and confronted the shooter. The highway patrolman pulled Helus out, then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived. He died in an area hospital Thursday morning.
Prior to heading to the scene, Helus talked to his wife, as he does several times during his shift, Dean said. They found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.
The shooting happened on college night.
The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday.
"I was actually about to leave when you start hearing pop, pop, pop".
Whittler said during her escape she was trampled on and hit in the head with a barstool that was being thrown at a window by another person trying to get out. Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident.
Holden Harrah, who was at the bar, told CNN the gunman walked in and opened fire within seconds.
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"He was shooting everything, from the speakers to anything", Kayla Simmons said. "My heart goes out to his family - I can't imagine what they're going through right now". "I knew something was wrong straight away. He took decisive action, and it's just a tragic loss for us", Buschow said.
Curtis Kellogg, a friend who served with Long, said Long headed to Southern California to pursue a degree in sports medicine after his service in Afghanistan.
"It was really, really, really shocking", she told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline vehicle park. "It looked like he knew what he was doing".
Victims were forced to hide in bathrooms and attic crawlspaces as the shooting unfolded, while armed cops descended on the scene.
There was no screaming, she said - just gunfire and stampeding crowds.
During a press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean stated Helus was married with an adult son.
She later reported that a freshman from her school remained missing as of 6:30 a.m.
Reports say the suspect may have used smoke grenades and at least one weapon, described as a semi-automatic handgun by witnesses.
Twelve people, including a police sergeant, were shot dead in a shooting at a night club close to Los Angeles, police said. He was a 29-year veteran of the department and was considering retiring this year.
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