Apparently a random killer shot dead by a dozen people in a crowded bar on Wednesday in southern California, authorities said, and the toll included a sheriff's deputy who rushed inside to counter the attacker.
Authorities said the gunman – identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran Marine who earlier this year discovered mental health expert after meeting police – found dead in herself after obviously killing. Sheriff of Ventura District Geoff Dean said on Thursday morning that investigators failed to determine the motive.
The bloodshed appeared at the bar and grill bar, a popular nightmare in Thousand Oaks, California, a wealthy town near Los Angeles. When the shooting began, people were dancing line during the "College Country Night" site, witnesses said. That information that killed 58 people at the country music festival in Las Vegas just over a year ago – the relationship deepened when some of those who fled from the Borderline said they had survived this massacre.
The police said Longu in a black sweater and wore a caliber 45 gun. Glock with an extended magazine, marched to the bar and shot at the guard. Then he set off and fired at other employees before turning the fire on the patrons, Dean said.
"There is a scary scene in it," he told reporters, Dean, who surrenders Friday at midnight. "Everywhere there is blood."
The puppets have started to crash, as patrons with a great knowledge of shooting stories in churches, schools, cinemas, offices and other places across the country are crying for safety and shelter.
"They went through the back door, smashed the windows, walked through the windows, hiding in the loft, hiding in the bathroom," Dean said. Unfortunately, our young people, people at nightclubs, have learned that this can happen. They're thinking about it. Luckily, he probably saved many lives so fast that they ran into the scene. "
Among the dead was Ron Helus, a veteran sergeant at the Sheriff's office in Ventura County, who was wounded when he reacted to the incident only minutes after the 911 calls began to flood, authorities said.
Helus and the patrol officer in the highway went to the club and replaced the fire with the attacker, Dean said. Helus, a 29-year-old veteran with an adult son, was on the phone with his wife when he got a gun call and headed for the club, Dean said. During the shooting he was hit several times.
"He died a hero," Dean said, making a voice, "because he went to save lives."
Helus was previously on the SWAT team, said James Cochran, the deputy who was also in the team with him. Cochran, who said he knew Helus for 25 years, described him as an envoy and "a great cop, a big dad," Cochran said.
This slaughter was made by Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people, the latest community blown up by mass firing. And there was only a few days after 11 people were killed in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, just a few months after 17 students and staff were massacred in Parkland, Florida, High School, and one year after the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Tex. a total of 84 people. Descriptions of the chaos within the club also played the slaughter of 49 clubs at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in 2016.
Dean has alluded to saying these earlier attacks, saying violence in California is "a part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everywhere, and I think it is impossible to put any logic or any meaning meaningless."
Asked by a journalist about how he looked inside, Dean said, "Like hell."
California government Jerry Brown (D) said in a statement that "our hearts are screaming today for the victims of this inexorable act" and thanked Helus and other law enforcement officials who have submitted a heroic action to save lives. "Trump President ordered the flags to sail to half the staff until sunset on Saturday in response to the" terrible act of violence committed at Thousand Oaks. "
In addition to those killed in the club, Dean said he believed eight to 15 others were injured, mostly with diving traps under the desks and jumping through the windows. One person had a minor gun injury, he said.
What could trigger the attack is still a secret to the authorities, Dean said.
The Marine Corps said Long served between August 2008 and March 2013. He served as a machine gun in Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011 and became a physical two months later. Dean said long living in Newbury Park, California, a town near Thousand Oaks. The police had "several contacts" with Long Years, Dean said, and most of them are doing minor events, including traffic accidents.
In April, the deputies were called to Long's home because of a call for disturbance, Dean said.
"They went to the house, talked to him," he said, "he was a bit annoying, acting a bit irrational, called our crisis intervention team, our mental health expert who met with him, talked to him, and resolved him."
A part of the discussion among those who responded to Long's home was "maybe suffering from PTSD," Dean said, pointing to the 28-year-old military service. But, "mental health experts were cleansed there that day," Dean continued, without forced retention on Long. The gun used in the massacre bar seemed to be legally purchased, he said.
Longa's relatives were unable to get comments on Thursday.
The shooting reports were about 11.20. Pacific time on Wednesday, and authorities have reached the scene at 11:22 am, Dean said. After Helus was hit, the officer of the patrol service for the highway was secured, Dean said.
Witnesses reported seeing smoke, but it was not clear whether they were smoke bombs, Dean said.
"It was a mere panic," said Teylor Whittler, 19, who was then at the scene. "Everyone was running and falling as fast as they could."
She said she ran to the back door, where people stopped during the shooting. "And then all of a sudden a few people started running at the back door and said," Get up, come on. "
The shooting developed little more than a year after the lone attacker opened a 32-floor Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino fire in Las Vegas, killing 58 people. The church slaughter of Sutherland Springs, which followed only a few weeks after 26 people.
Many of those in Las Vegas last year came from California, and some on the site of the Thousand Oaks also said they had survived that earlier attack. Chandler Gunn, 23, told the Los Angeles Times that when he heard about the shooting, he called a friend at the bar, and was also at the Route 91 Harvest show, which he targeted in Las Vegas a year earlier.
"Many people in Route 91 are going here," Gunn told the newspapers after Thousand Oaks fired. "There are people who live a lifetime without seeing it, and then there are people who have twice seen it."
Borderline Bar is described as the largest dance hall in Ventura County and a lively music venue. With a dance floor that covers about 2,500 square feet, it is open until fifteen days a week.
Authorities said more than 100 people were at the time of shooting. College points lie within a radius of 20 miles, including Pepperdine University, the California State University Canal Islands, Moorpark College, and the California Lutheran University, which has its own dance club.
Officials of Pepperdine said that more school students were in the bar during the shooting. The California wanderer has canceled the lessons "with regard to tragedy and insecurity".
While officials did not publish the names and age groups of the dead and injured, a combination of factors – at least near the faculty of the week – suggested that many are likely in late teenagers and twenties.
"There will be plenty of young people, students, maybe even high school students," said Jacqui Irwin, representing the area at the California Assembly and serving 10 years at Thousand Oaks City Council.
Matt Wennerstrom, regular at the bar, described the shooter as a "tall figure," over six feet, carrying "all dark clothes." He said he saw a firefighter who opened fire on employees who worked at the bar.
"At that point I caught so many people around me as I could and put them down under the pool table that we were the closest one while he was out of the bullets for that magazine and had to reload," he said ABC said.
During the break, Wennerstrom, 20, said that he and others threw chairs out of the window and helped people escape. He told ABC that he was able to push "30 or 35 people through that window."
Rochelle Hammons, 24, told The Post that she had heard four bullets before she was able to escape.
"Suddenly we heard four gunshots, you know," bang, bang, bang, bang. "Everyone got down to the floor, everyone banging and covering each other," she said. "As everyone squatted on the floor, I realized that my only chance was to run out the nearest exit. I saw the nearest exit and I ran away as fast as I could.
On the inside of her car, she saw the first officer arrive, she said. She turned the window and told him there was an active shooter inside.
"You have to rush, you have to come over there," he called.
Rob Kuznia and Tony Biasotti in Thousand Oaks, Calif. And Julie Tate, Alice Crites, Antonia Noori Farzan, Meagan Flynn, Kyle Swenson, Fred Barbash, Alex Horton, Amar Nadir and Matt Zapotosky in Washington have contributed to this report being updated regularly.