Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Man who killed 12 in California bar died from self-inflicted gunshot

Man who killed 12 in California bar died from self-inflicted gunshot

Numerous nearby colleges and universities have closed their campuses for Thursday and have a full staff of grief counselors on hand for students that are seeking help.

The southern California slaughter came on the heels of another massacre, when Robert Bowers, who openly spewed extreme anti-Semitic invective, allegedly burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 Jewish worshippers. Two of those students were treated and released at a hospital while the others except for one - later identified as Housley - had been accounted for, according to the university. Twelve were killed by a gunman late Wednesday during a shooting at the bar.

"I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military", he said. "We got multiple people down", Helus said.

Dean said the slain deputy was on the phone with his wife before telling her he had to go respond to a scene.

The first victim of the shooting at the bar in Thousands Oaks has been identified as Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus.

"I literally feared for myself around him", Colell said in an interview Friday. "He's just one of those guys that wouldn't hesitate in a situation".

Nearby, Helus was in his patrol vehicle, talking to his wife, when he got the call. "He was a good guy", the friend said. "When you call 911, he's one of the guys you want showing up". Before then, officers and first responders secured a perimeter and waited. That shooting is now being investigated as a hate crime. "He would go to the ends of the Earth to find a suspect". An unnamed California Highway Patrol officer dragged Helus's body away from the ensuing shootout, where he was taken to a nearby hospital.

Dean choked back tears talking about Helus and called him a hero. "He went in to save lives, to save people".

Before Long is believed to have turned the gun on himself, 12 were killed and 21 were injured in attack.

A brief procession will follow, then a graveside service at the Pierce Brothers Valley Mortuary and Cemetery, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, he said. "She was beside herself and didn't know what to do".

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Coffman sobbed while recalling his relationship with his son to reporters Thursday.

"They went to the house, they talked to him", Dean said.

"It's hard, because I've been doing this for 41 years, and you don't leave things unfinished", Dean, who'd been considering retirement, told ABC News' David Muir.

"Everywhere I go, everything I do is affected", he said. Survivors and their relatives said several people who were at the bar Thursday had been at the outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas previous year where a gunman in a high-rise hotel killed 58 people. "That was the last thing I said".

Meek, who had recently graduated from the university, helped to save lives during the shooting, according to the university. The Department of Veterans Affairs said on Thursday that Long was not enrolled in VA health care at any time.

Sparse pictures on social media showed a happy family. He was hired last summer and mostly worked with kids with developmental disabilities. In another, he grabbed her rear and mid-section after she refused to return a cellphone he said was his. "He was just an all-around guy". "He changed them within about six seconds, which was really fast", she said. He was looking forward to cooking for everyone at the school's Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Cal Lutheran's veterans coordinator Jenn Zimmerman said.

"I was just walking on campus". "I'm just praying he's in a better place".

This "public fatigue or fatalism" is partly due to a barrage of other big events crowding out the story, and partly it's because political debate about how to address the problem is stuck, noted Robert Spitzer, political science professor at the State University of New York, College at Cortland.

"Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her, and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner", the couple said in a statement.

She played soccer and tennis all through high school, studied piano and violin, and sang, he said.

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