At Least 12 Dead in a Shooting at a California Bar

Last night, a gunman entered a packed bar in Thousand Oaks, CA and opened fire, killing at least 12 people. The gunman was found dead at the scene. Witnesses said he walked in, cloaked in black and wearing glasses. John Hedge, who was at the bar, said “I started hearing these big pops. Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground.” The bar was filled with college students, many from Pepperdine University, as well as locals from the area. Ventura County Sherriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was one of the 12 killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Helus had been with the department for nearly 30 years and was planning on retiring next year. Geoff Dean, Ventura County Sherriff said “Ron … gave his all and tonight, he died a hero because he went in to save lives.”

Thousand Oaks is about 40 miles from Downtown LA and is statistically, one of the safest cities in the country according to Mayor Andy Fox. The Mayor said, “the reality is that these types of incidents can happen really at any place, at any time, even in communities that are considered extremely safe.”

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