A mass shooting late Wednesday night (November 7) at a Southern California bar and music venue has left 12 dead, including a police sergeant, according to reports.
A gunman opened fire during what’s described as a “college country night” at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman was also killed.
From Brooklyn Vegan: “The suspected shooter, whose identity is not currently known, entered the bar around 11:20 p.m., and threw smoke bombs in addition to shooting into the crowd of hundreds of people, many of them college students. Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus and a California Highway Patrol Officer were first at the scene and fired back at the assailant; Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Helus was shot multiple times in the process, and died in a local hospital on Thursday morning.”
The venue was a popular one for college students in the area, a suburb of Los Angeles, and was reportedly “packed” with people at the time of the shooting.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services advises those looking for information about family and friends who may have been present at Borderline to call a hotline they’ve set up: 805-465-6650.
UPDATE: Ventura County Sheriff's Office says a suspect is dead following "multiple fatalities" at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. https://t.co/T6tqJAx6CO
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) November 8, 2018
This interview with a man who narrowly escaped the #Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks with his son tonight is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen. What is happening in America? When will it end? When will we say enough is enough? pic.twitter.com/eAgbfINv2e
— Ev Boyle (@evboyle) November 8, 2018