Twelve people including a police officer were killed by a gunman at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said. Several hundred people were inside the building, which was hosting a “college country night” for students, police said. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean described the incident at the Borderline Bar and Grill as a “tragic, tragic situation.”
Authorities confirmed that the shooter had been killed. The shooter has been identified by sources as 29-year-old Ian Long. The police officer that was killed was Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year police veteran with a wife and son who was looking to retire in the next year. Helus, 54, arrived at the scene alongside a colleague from the California Highway Patrol. After hearing more gunfire, Helus and the Highway Patrol officer entered the building and Helus “was struck multiple times with gunfire,” according to Dean.
A SWAT team, FBI and others officers arrived soon after. When they entered the building they found 11 people dead.