Gunman kills 13 including a police officer when he opens fire at California bar

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Millions of Americans awoke Thursday to news of another inexplicable mass shooting. Reports say a masked gunman entered a country music bar frequented by college students and opened fire. Twelve were killed and many more were wounded. The attack ended when the gunman turned his gun on himself.

“The shooter, who has not been named publicly but has been identified by police, stormed Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday at 11.20pm,” The Daily Mail writes. “He first shot the bouncer then opened fire on the crowds of youngsters who were there to enjoy a night of line dancing and country music.”

Those inside the club hid beneath pool tables and broke the windows of the club to escape. Witnesses reported he shooter threw smoke grenades into the crowd before opening fire a semi-automatic Glock.

It remains unclear how long it took for police to arrive on the scene. The shooter was still inside when they did. He shot one of the first officers to respond. Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Sheriff’s department, died from his wounds.

Eleven of the people at the bar were killed. Sergeant Helus brought the total to 12. Then the shooter took his own life.

At the present time, police are not releasing details about the shooter. He has been indentified, and they’ve indicated that he drove his mother’s car to the club where he carried out his attack. He entered wearing a mask and a trench coat.

“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.”

“Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.”

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean was close with Helus. He arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting.

“It’s a horrific scene in there, there is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn’t want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation,” he told reporters. “This, by far, is the most horrific thing I’ve seen in my 41 years.”

“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 into save lives, to save other people.”