At least 12 dead in California bar shooting, including a veteran Sheriff's sergeant

11 months ago

At about 11:20 p.m. of Wednesday, Nov.7 a gunman wearing all black clothes, a black baseball cap and a ski mask-type item covering his face (as described by witnesses), entered the Borderline Bar&Grill in Thousand Oaks in California, and then randomly opened fire at people inside using his 45-caliber handgun, and a smoke device to confuse the victims.

Sheriff Georges Dean told reporters in a press conference that it was '' a horrific scene in there'', with ''blood everywhere''. The victims were mostly students from California Lutheran University, celebrating the ''country night'' inside the bar considered as the ''largest dance hall and music venue'' of Ventura County. Among the victims, was also Sheriff's sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, who arrived first on the scene after hearing the gunfire, and was shot several times. He was taken to a local hospital but only to be pronounced dead Thursday.

Holding back his tears, Dean spoke about Helus, his commitment to his job, and total dedication to his duty. ''He was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people.'' The gunman was reported to be a 29-year-old tall man, he was found dead at the scene, but it was not clear if he was shot by police, or died from a self-inflicted shot.