California mass shooting: Multiple people injured by 'active shooter' in Thousand Oaks

April FrancisNov 09, 2018

A Ventura County Fire Department spokesman said there were "multiple injuries" and that rescuers and police were still on the scene.

Helus had been with the Sheriff's Department for almost three decades, and planned to retire within the year, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said, holding back tears, during an early morning news conference Thursday.

Dean said Helus was his longtime friend and gym partner and planned to retire soon after 29 years with the force. "He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went in to save lives, to save other people", Sheriff Dean declared. They found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman, who was discovered in office and had apparently shot himself, the sheriff said.

A deputy sheriff is among the 13 people shot.

Borderline is a western-style bar and grill that regularly hosts a college night between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. and is located not far from California Lutheran University.

In this image made from aerial video, police vehicles block an intersection in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. The weapon usually holds 10 rounds and one in the chamber, but the gunman used an extended magazine in this shooting, Dean said.

According to CNN, Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox was informed of the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill around midnight, after which the law enforcement agencies responded quickly.

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Twelve people, including Helus, were shot and killed in the incident, and numerous others were wounded.

It is thought the gunman may still be at large and at least police officer is injured.

The suspect was found down with a gunshot wound when the officers entered the building, the sheriff said.

"These people have never hurt people in their lives, and they are just kids", he added.

According to an NBC Los Angeles an officer was down and unresponsive and trail of blood was visible on the street, whilst two eyewitnesses have reported that a cashier and doorman have also been shot.

A deputy sheriff is among the 11 people shot. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out of the bar. The shooter stormed the Borderline Bar and Grill wearing a black trench coat armed with a "high capacity" pistol and smoke grenades.

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