Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Sheriff Vet Killed Responding to Calif Shooting - Police Depts Pay Tribute

Sheriff Vet Killed Responding to Calif Shooting - Police Depts Pay Tribute

"I can't tell you much about the shooter at this point".

Once again, President Donald Trump has ordered flags at half-staff "in a mark of solemn respect".

Carl Edgar, a 24 resident of Tarzana, Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times around 20 of his friends were at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 12 people.

The US has suffered from mass shootings for decades, but most of the deadliest have occurred in recent years.

Other witnesses and people posting on social media said that the man might have fired up to 30 times.

Police said he was a heavily tattooed white male who was not carrying any form of identification, according to NBC News.

"The gunman burst through the front of the bar, shot up the front of the bar, and did his damage there", said Joe Curley, a reporter for the Venture County Star and the USA Today Network.

At least 10 to 15 people also were injured, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, with a deployment in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011, military records show.

Dean says the report of the shooting came as Helus was on the phone with his wife. Long was among the dead, but it's unclear whether or not he took his own life or if he was killed by police. "Acting a little irrationally", he said.

"That's who Ron was", said Mayorga, who retired two years ago. "And he was left at that scene last April".

"A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here", Gunn said. "It's something that I wish I was OK to do, but unfortunately I can't, so that's why I'm making sure that he gets remembered", King said. He was identified as Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran about a year from retiring. "We go to the gym together, work out's horrific and bad and it saddens our hearts". It saddens us all and tears at our emotions. He died a hero.

"I am not at the hospital, I'm at the teen centre where they tell the parents to go to basically wait for information", Mr Coffman told CNN. The extent of the surviving victims' injuries wasn't immediately known.

"It's a horrific incident, it's part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everyone and I think it's impossible to put any logic or sense to the senseless", he added.

Witnesses described the shooter as a tall man dressed in black.

He said the only weapon found in an initial sweep was a handgun. They are still searching and investigating. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that majority were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows.

Helus reportedly called his wife just before going into the building.

Authorities say they don't know if there is a terrorism link to the shooting. Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene.

The bar is near several colleges, and is a popular spot for students Wednesday nights.

Multiple people were killed in a mass shooting at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said.

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