Thousand Oaks bar shooting: 13 dead including gunman and sheriff's deputy

Geneva Stokes
November 10, 2018

Terrified people inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, part of the Greater Los Angeles area in California, hid under tables during the shooting, The Mirror reported.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building.

A gunman shot and killed 11 people including a sheriff's deputy Wednesday in Southern California, using a handgun and smoke bombs at a country dance bar on "college night" and sending hundreds of panicking people toward the exits with some breaking windows to escape, authorities and witnesses said.

At least one officer called to the scene was injured.

Multiple people have been injured in a shooting at a bar in southern California, authorities said.

Dean said around 10 other people were wounded in the shooting.

"It's a horrific scene in there".

The Times reports that there were multiple reports of shots fired and people hit.

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The venue in the quiet, upscale Thousand Oaks suburb had been hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said earlier. Great bravery shown by police.

"A gentleman, who walked in through the front door, shot the girl that was right behind the counter", said Holden Harrah, who witnessed the shooting.

"He gave it his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean told reporters early Thursday.

Helus, a 29-year veteran, was one of the first on the scene and was sacked on multiple times. "I don't know how I didn't get shot".

Witnesses described a scene of panic in the bar when the gunman started firing.

That shooting was politically sensitive: the suspect, Robert Bowers, who said he wanted to kill Jews, argued that a Jewish advocacy group had been aiding a Central American migrant caravan denounced repeatedly by President Donald Trump in the run-up to Tuesday's midterm election.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

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