12 people killed at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA (Updated)

Associated Press reports that at approximately 11:30 PM Wednesday night, a gunman dressed in all black, opened fire the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. According to witnesses, the gunman killed the cashier and started throwing smoke bombs. 9 other customers were killed and many others wounded.

“The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place,”

“I saw him point to the back of the cash register and he just kept firing. I ran out the front door.”

“I hear chairs being thrown out the window — people were trying to get out of the window,” Hedge said. “I don’t know how I didn’t get shot.”

LA Times reports, that Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus, who was first on scene, was gunned down and later died at the hospital.

Sheriff Geoff also stated that the motive was not clear and there is no evidence linking the attack on terrorism.

“It’s a horrific incident,”, “It’s part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everywhere, and I think it’s impossible to put any logic or sense to the senseless.”

The unidentified Shooter was found dead along with the 11 other victims.

Sheriff Geoff stated in the following presser that the weapon was likely a handgun, and their is no evidence of “smoke bombs”.

Initial presser from Ventura County Sheriff’s department.

Update 1

President Trump sent a series of tweets in condolence.

Update 2

More information about Stg. Helus.

The tweet below has a snip where the Sheriff describes his heroic coworker.

Captain Garo Kuredjian talks about Sgt. Helus with Local ABC 7 in this CNN tweet

I apologize for this update being late.

Update 3

The shooter who CNN reports appears to have taken his own life after killing 11 people and a police officer, took his own life, has been identified by retiring Sheriff Geoff Dean as 28 year old Ian David Long. Long served in the Marines from 2008-2013, “according to Department of Defense records.”

The victims have not all been identified pending next of kin notification.

Crowds gathered to pay their respects as the officer Sgt. Ron Helus killed as he entered the building was transported from the scene.

President Trump ordered the flag above the White House to be lowered in remembrance of the victims. CA Lt. Governor and Governor Elect Gavin Newsom also ordered the flags to be lowered in remembrance. Both their statements can be found via the CNN link.

We will be update the story as further information is available. 

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