At Least 13 Dead After Horrific Mass Shooting At Southern California College Bar
At least 13 people are dead after a gunman opened fire just before midnight on Wednesday in a Thousand Oaks, California bar.
According to Ventura County police, shots were reported at around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill shortly after a gunman wearing all-black sprayed bullets into the crowd of hundreds of people, most of whom were college students attending the bar’s “College Country Night.”
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean identified the shooter as Ian David Long. The 28-year-old US Marine Corps veteran reportedly shot himself and was dead by the time officers made their way to the scene.
Among the 12 victims killed was responding sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, who was shot after going into the bar and died at the hospital. 21 people injured in the shooting were treated and released from local hospitals, per the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Multiple students from Pepperdine University and California Lutheran University were inside the popular venue when the shooting began, as well as some survivors of the Route 91 music festival shooting in Las Vegas last year.
Taylor Von Molt, 21, was in the crowd line dancing when she heard what sounded like a balloon popping. After hearing the sound a few more times, she turned around and saw the shooter, telling CNN:
“He had a black mask — what looked like a bandana on the bottom of his face — sunglasses, black hoodie, dark jeans. And he’s kind of bigger. But kind of more burly. Scary.”
A source told The LA Times the suspect drove his mother’s car to the bar and was armed with a .45 caliber handgun as well as some type of smoke device.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he had been briefed about the shooting and commended the work of first responders.
The motive is still unclear. Authorities said during a press conference that there was no reason to believe this act was a “terrorism link,” but they would still look into that option.
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