A gunman entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night and killed at least at least 12 people, including Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said early Thursday. Many other people were wounded in the crowded bar, and the gunman is also dead. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has been sent to the country music bar.
"He died a hero because he went -- he went in to save lives, save other people."
Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, 29-year veteran who was set to retire next year, was killed responding to the California mass shooting. https://t.co/1NYWNRai9i pic.twitter.com/oeHtNUnkiR
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 8, 2018
According to Borderline's social media accounts, the bar was hosting an event aimed at college students on Wednesday night. Pepperdine University is in nearby Malibu, and the student newspaper says students from campus were believed to be in the bar when the shooting started. The bar is also popular with students at Moorpark College.
Some tearful reunions among those presumably (though unconfirmed) at Borderline or who knew them at Borderline. #Borderline #BorderlineShooting #ThousandOaksShooting @vcstar pic.twitter.com/0Ik19qFyGa
— Jeremy Childs (@Jeremy_Childs) November 8, 2018
This is a breaking story, and it will be updated as new developments come in. Peter Weber