At least 13 dead in California bar shooting

Emergency services at the scene

Emergency services at the scene

A team of student journalists was among those delivering live coverage from the scene of a deadly mass shooting at a Southern California bar where some of their fellow students were partying as the horrific attack unfolded.

"California Lutheran wraps its arms around the Meek family and other families, and around every member of this community of caring". "It can happen anywhere".

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, hopping over gates and just trying to get out", he said.

Long was a veteran and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Several witnesses described the weapon used as a pistol. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that majority were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows. Active law enforcement incident. It's unclear whether the magazine was legally purchased. Nine months ago, another mass shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

After a lull of about 15 minutes, more officers went inside and found the suspected gunman dead of a gunshot wound.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. He was a 29-year veteran of the department and was considering retiring this year.

"He died a hero", Dean said.

Hours before the shooting, he shared a flier advertising the college country night on his Instagram page, writing: "See y'all tonight!" Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside.

Helus died at about 2 a.m.at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man. A reporter spoke to a man who had not heard from his son.

In a news briefing Thursday, authorities identified the suspect as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine. He was a machine gunner.

Police said he killed himself.

"He was shooting everything from the speakers to anything", she said.

A sheriff's captain told reporters at the scene that the status of the injured was unclear. Investigators are working out the details of what transpired, Dean added.

Police said several hundred people were inside the venue, which was hosting a "college country night" for students. The deputies called in mental health specialists.

The massacre has rocked the city of Thousand Oaks - known for its sleepy bedroom community and low crime rates.

"Great bravery shown by police", Trump tweeted.

Sergeant Buschow said he had "no doubt" that Sergeant Helus and a highway patrol officer who joined him at the scene of the shooting had saved lives. That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this incredibly tragic time.

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