A mass shooting as has been reported at the “Borderline” bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The attack happened at around 11.20pm and has resulted in multiple casualties, including the injuring of a police officer. Twelve people were shot dead, including a responding police officer.
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The gunman, who was thought to have been armed with a semi-automatic weapon, was found dead at the scene, according to authorities. Approximately 30 shots were reported, with one witness saying that the perpetrator had “smoke bombs.” It is understood that a “college country night” was going on at the Borderline when the shooting occurred.
The University has determined that multiple Pepperdine students were on site at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. At this time, the University is working to identify and provide support to those students. (1/2)
— Pepperdine University (@pepperdine) November 8, 2018
Pepperdine officials are working with authorities and will provide updates as more information is available. The University offers its deepest condolences and is praying for everyone involved in tonight’s tragic events. (2/2)
— Pepperdine University (@pepperdine) November 8, 2018
In a recent briefing, Ventura County Sheriff’s office spokesman Eric Buschow said that “there are multiple fatalities, multiple injuries,” adding that “among the victims is one of our sheriff’s deputies that responded in that initial call, as well as the shooter.”
“It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, hopping over gates and just trying to get out,” said witness Nick Steinwender, according to CNN. “From what I heard, the gunman started shooting at the front desk. … Students were hiding in the attics, bathrooms and stuff like that.” Staggeringly, there are reports that some of those caught up in the shooting were also survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting which took place on October 1 last year.
Chandler Gunn, 23, of Newbury Park, told the LA Times that he had run down to the Borderline Bar after hearing reports of a shooting. He was at the Vegas country festival when gunman Stephen Paddock shot 58 people dead from his Mandalay Bay Hotel room.
“A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,” Gunn told the outlet. “There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.”
"Multiple injuries reported" – Firefighters and first responders are arriving at the scene of a reported mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County.
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Authorities later named the police victim as Sgt. Ron Helus, who had been with the force for some 29 years. He was looking to retire in the “next year or so,” Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters, according to CNN.
On Helus’ LinkedIn page, he detailed his extensive experience in police firearms units. “I am an FBI certified firearms instructor and a POST (Peace Officer’s Standards and Training) instructor,” Helus wrote. “I have thousands of hours of specialized training. I work or have worked, the following assignments: Custody; patrol (Deputy, Senior Deputy, Sergeant); SWAT; all aspects of firearms, less lethal, and chemical agents instruction; investigations; narcotics; and wellness advisor. I own and operate Gun Control: Firearms Training and CCW Instruction.”
Sheriff Geoff Dean describes the events at the #Borderline bar and what police know about the tragedy. pic.twitter.com/JJrnEUCLEP
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 8, 2018
“Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went in to save lives, to save other people,” Dean added.
The sheriff described the scene as “horrific” with “blood everywhere.”
In dramatic footage caught by news crews, medics could be seen administering CPR to victims of the shooting.
Multiple shooting victims in #ThousandOaks pic.twitter.com/QH9ucjNvFw
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“Ongoing active shooter incident reported at Borderline,” the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted early Thursday morning. “Please stay away from area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined.”
#BREAKING: Multiple people were injured when a gunman opened fire tonight at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. The suspect is not in custody and victims are fleeing throughout the neighborhood. https://t.co/Zsc0MdMgzx pic.twitter.com/b94KLicRFT
— Ventura County Star (@vcstar) November 8, 2018
Pastor Dimas Salaberrios on California shooting: “My immediate thoughts go out to the families. Because what’s happening now is they’re making phone calls. They’re calling family members. They’re probably not reaching them.” @FoxFriendsFirst https://t.co/PvITYr54AX pic.twitter.com/gOkAg30RHR
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 8, 2018
I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
Pray for the families of all those caught up in this horrific act of violence.
This is a developing story, we will keep you updated as more information comes in.