13 people dead in California bar shooting, including deputy and gunman

At least 13 including gunman killed in California bar shooting scores injured

Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was dancing when the gunman opened fire. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. It was the worst mass-shooting in USA history.

Mourning: A procession for the body of Sergeant Ron Helus, who died in the shooting, drives down Ventura Highway 101. That, it turn, closely followed the series of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats, CNN and former officials critical of President Donald Trump.

When the gunshots paused, Wennerstorm said he knew the shooter must be reloading, and he didn't waste the moment.

Long was found dead in an office at the bar by police and is believed to have shot himself, Dean said.

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood over his head and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations at the scene.

He first fired on a person working the door, then appeared to shoot at random at people inside, they said.

Many more people had minor injuries, including some that came from their attempt to flee, Dean said.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran with a wife and son, was shot and killed inside. "They would go fishing up in the Sierras [Nevada mountains] together".

Sgt Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Mr Dean said. Within 15 minutes, other officers arrived. He died at a hospital early Thursday. According to the Times, he called his wife before entering the bar. They found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.

The shooting happened on college night.

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But on Wednesday night, a night specifically created to lure young, college age patrons into the venue, that is the horrifying scene that unfolded at the bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

People watch as police vehicles close off the area outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks. Nearby California Lutheran University canceled classes on Thursday while Pepperdine University, about 20 miles away, planned a prayer service.

Moorpark College freshman Cole Knapp, after initially dismissing the loud band he heard as a prankster setting off a firecracker, told the Associated Press that he tried to get as many people to cover as he could. A terrified witness runs out.

Rain Dogs owner Christina Wagner said Thursday bars and nightclubs are supposed to be places where people can relax and enjoy themselves. "He would go to the gym and then he would, I guess, try to learn dance moves or something".

"I would make fun of him, because he would drag me there".

"I saw somebody on the floor as I was running to the front door to get out", he said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

"This is going to be absolutely heart-wrenching time for me and my family", his father said, adding that Cody's younger brothers and soon-to-be born sister, would miss him terribly.

"I dropped to the floor", she said. "I was across the room behind a pool table hiding underneath with my friends".

The incident was reported at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles.

"They called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialists who met with him, talked to him, and cleared him".

Then three months later, 10 people were shot and killed at Santa Fe High School in southeastern Texas by alleged gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who was a student at the school.

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