Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Thousand Oaks shooter named in second official statement

Thousand Oaks shooter named in second official statement

Thirteen people were killed in a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, including the shooter and Helus.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday to honor fallen Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was killed while responding to a mass shooting at a bar overnight. The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff's sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

"Sgt. Helus will be transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to westbound Janss Road", the department said in a statement.

Authorities said the.45 caliber Glock handgun used in the shooting was legally purchased.

Dean said the suspect was found dead inside the bar with a gunshot wound, but that it was not clear who had fired that shot.

He said: "We will pray, begin to comfort one another in our grief, and hold the families, friends and loved ones of the victims in our hearts".

At Borderline Bar and Grill, a country-western dance bar that is a popular venue for college students, the night took a turn when a gunman entered and opened fire.

Champion said that witnessing the mass shooting helped him decide to become a firefighter. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran who authorities said had an episode of erratic behavior last spring that was thought to be post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military background.

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"We have had several contacts with Mr Long over the years, minor events, a traffic collision", Dean told a news conference.

In yet another odd coincidence, one of the victims to be named in the Vegas shooting was Susan Smith from Simi Valley which is only miles from the site of the Borderline shooting.

Many Rams players, coaches and staff members settled in the Thousand Oaks area after the team returned to Southern California from St. Louis in 2016.

Sgt. Helus had a wife and son, and was due to retire in the next year from Ventura County, California Sheriff's Office.

They survived the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history just over one year ago.

Video shot by a survivor shows the moments of terror as a gunman opened fire inside a crowded California bar. She said she hid with a group of strangers and they were holding hands. He told her, "I've got to go handle a call".

One of whom also survived the Vegas shooting, the LA Times reported.

"We have no idea what the motive was at this point", Dean said.

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