Thirteen people are dead from a shooting at a bar in a Los Angeles-area suburb.
The gunman — identified as 28-year-old David Ian Long— walked up to the building, shot a security guard, stepped inside, shot several employees, and opened fire inside the bar, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.
Long also fired at police officers when they arrived, killing a deputy sheriff identified as Sgt. Ron Helus, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters on Thursday morning. Helus died in a hospital.
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Long, the shooter, was a 28-year-old veteran of the US Marine Corps. He used a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun, Dean said.
Authorities believe he shot himself. They have not found a motive.
Ten to 15 other people were injured and were taken to local hospitals, Dean said. The names and identities of the victims have not been released.
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The shooting began at about 11:20 p.m. PT at the bar, which is located in Thousand Oaks, a suburb about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The gunman had been „down with a gunshot wound” when officers entered the building, Dean said, adding that there was „blood everywhere.”
Some witnesses described seeing a smoke grenade go off, but Dean said officers did not find any such devices in the bar.
Video footage showed police officers standing outside the bar for up to an hour after their initial arrival. Other footage showed civilians carrying out injured people from the bar and tending to their injuries.
Officers from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene.
Jeremy Childs, a reporter with the local Ventura County Star newspaper, tweeted a picture of a 19-year-old bar patron who had bloodied his hands throwing a chair through the window in an attempt to escape the building during the shooting.
The bar was having a college night, which appears to have attracted a young crowd. It’s located near California Lutheran University and several other universities.
A Pepperdine University spokesman said in a statement that several of its students were in the bar but did not specify their conditions.
Police helicopters and dozens of squad cars thronged the scene, partially blocking local traffic.
The Los Angeles KTLA reporter Eric Spillman reported that classes at California Lutheran had been canceled because of the shooting.
„My heart aches to learn about the horrific shooting in Thousand Oaks on college night,” Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted on Thursday morning. „Praying for the injured and the families of those killed who, like so many others, have lost their loved ones to gun violence. Leaders in Congress must act — not some day, but now.”
President Donald Trump also mourned the loss of life on Twitter and joined Harris in praising what he called „great bravery shown by police.”
„California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times,” Trump said of the slain officer, Helus.