4:00 AM PST — Thu. Nov. 8, 2018
12 people were killed and dozens injured in a mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, authorities have now confirmed.
The unnamed suspect reportedly entered the bar and opened fire at around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday evening, while the establishment held “college night,” drawing hundreds of individuals, some as 18 years old, Ventura County officials said.
Witnesses initially described the gunman as a possibly Middle-Eastern male wearing glasses, a black trench coat, and wielded a single handgun.
Sergeant Ron Helus ws among the victims discovered at the bar, according to Sheriff Geoff Dean during an early Thursday morning press conference.
Helus, a 29 year veteran of the force, was “struck multiple times” by gunfire, Dean told reporters.
Dean said the Sargent, “died a hero” who “gave his life to save other people.”
Helus was due to retire in a year, and leaves behind a wife and son.
Authorities have since declared the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, but haven’t revealed his identity or a possible motive.
Area hospitals are currently treating at least a dozen individuals who are said to have sustained injuries while fleeing the scene.
This story is developing, and we will continue to update this article as new information is available.
Police have established an emergency hot-line for individuals to locate their loved ones.
Emergency Hot-Line Phone Number: (805)-465-6650