UPDATE: 6:20 a.m.
Thirteen people including a sheriff’s deputy and the gunman were killed in a shooting in a crowded bar here late Wednesday night, reports CBS Los Angeles. The gunman was found dead inside, authorities said. He had gunshot wounds but it wasn’t known who shot him.
Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters early Thursday the deputy died at a hospital. He was identified as Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran a year away from retiring. His voice cracking, Dean described Helus as a friend.
Dean said, “It’s a horrific scene in there. There’s blood everywhere.”
Dean added that the gunman’s motive wasn’t known and it wasn’t clear if it was a case of terrorism.
The father of one patron told CBS L.A. his daughter told him the gunman “knew what he was doing” and came in “with a purpose.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) –
Authorities say 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Southern California bar.
Authorities say the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
The gunman also was found dead.
Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow says the gunman is dead inside a Southern California bar where 11 people were injured late Wednesday.
Authorities say a responding deputy was shot and taken to a hospital. No other information on the victims was immediately known.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
The bar’s website says its hosts “College Country Night” every Wednesday.
Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred.