12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

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Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean briefing media (Photo: KTLA / Twitter)
By edhat staff

At least twelve people are dead and more than a dozen are injured after a gunman entered a Thousand Oaks bar at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday. 

The gunman, now identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long of Newbury Park, was found dead after shooting patrons and law enforcement at Borderline Bar and Grill.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, a 54-year-old and 29-year veteran, was among those killed while responding to the scene. During a press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean stated Helus was married with an adult son. "He went in there to save people and made the ultimate sacrifice," said Dean.

Dean continued to state that Helus was the first to enter the building with a California Highway Patrol officer. They entered the building and immediately exchanged gunfire. Officers are trained to engage and immediately try to stop the target, said Dean. Helus was shot several times upon entering. "There's no doubt these officers saved lives," said Dean.

There are numerous reports of patrons inside the bar hiding in offices, bathrooms, and the attic space while several others broke windows to climb out. Dean confirmed there are 8-15 people who were injured on top of the 12 that were killed. Information on the victims has not yet been released. 

It was also confirmed there were six off-duty officers inside the building. "A parent told me that they stood in front of their daughter," said Dean.

More details are being revealed about the gunman. Sheriff Dean confirmed that Long is a veteran of the US Marine Core, discharged in 2013, and hinted he may have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

There were several contacts between law enforcement and Long in the past. Most notably in April of this year, Sheriff's Deputies responded to Long's home for a reported disturbance. Dean stated that Long was irate and acting irrationally to the point where a crisis intervention mental health team was called. The mental health team felt he did not qualify for a 5150 hold and cleared him. 

Ian David Long, 28, the gunman who opened fire on Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday (Photos: Facebook)

In 2015 he was the victim of battery at another Thousand Oaks bar, but more details are not known about this event. There was one instance where Long was issued a traffic citation and another where he was involved in a minor traffic collision.

Dean confirmed the weapon was purchased legally, a .45 caliber Glock 21 handgun. It holds ten rounds of ammunition and one in the chamber, but Dean confirmed it did have an extended magazine. It's believed this was the only weapon used.

Initial reports state the gunman drove a car to the bar, walked up to the entrance and shot the security guard. He then stepped inside, turned right, and shot several security guards and employees before opening fire inside the nightclub. It's unclear what the motive is and the connection between the gunman and the Borderline Bar and Grill.

At 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Helus' body will be transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to westbound Janss Road. The motorcade will continue to travel southbound on Lynn Road to US 101 northbound to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

"We've lost a hero and a great human being," Dean said choking back tears. "[This event] is a tragic and senseless loss of life."

Press Release from Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office

Thousand Oaks Mass Shooting Related Victim Information and Support 
All of us have been shocked and deeply saddened by last night’s mass murder in Thousand Oaks.
Some of you have been more personally affected than others.
To locate Family Members who may have been amongst those affected please call 805-465-6650.  

For those of you who have a personal connection with a victim or a survivor of this horrific crime, please know your District Attorney's Office, through the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) can help pay bills and expenses that result from violent crimes.
If you or anyone you know from Santa Barbara County was a victim of, or a witness to, the Thousand Oaks shooting, please contact my office, specifically the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Victim Witness Unit at (805) 568-2400 for assistance regarding applicable CalVCB benefits or additional information.
CalVCB can help victims of crimes that occur anywhere in California.
CalVCB may help pay for a variety of related expenses such as: Medical and dental treatment, mental health services, income loss, funeral and burial expenses, loss of support for dependents when a victim is killed or disabled because of a crime, home or vehicle modifications, home security and relocation. 
Finally, please remember at times like all of us can feel especially fragile and vulnerable and any act of kindness can make a significant difference

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PurpleBee Nov 10, 2018 01:09 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

Did you know that the Officer that wound up being the voice in front of the microphones from the first notification of this tragedy onward was supposed to be retiring himself in a few days? He was supposed to go to his retirement dinner on Saturday the 10th. It has been cancelled. He is still retiring though.

Bodyboarder73 Nov 09, 2018 10:04 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

Hey zero hawk. I’d rather have a chance. Just because you may have a cushy little desk job doesn’t mean everyone else does. I’ve protected myself from two robbery attempts in the last 15 years in my line of work.

zander777 Nov 09, 2018 08:41 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

WOW i am weeping just knowing that the off duty cops, stood IN FRONT of someones daughter......and that the Policeman Helus, walked into the Line Of Fire..........all these MEN are so brave, i can barely hold back my tears of sorrow and Thankfulness.

BondJamesBond Nov 09, 2018 07:31 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

So thankful that we still have a local media outlet that takes public comment... THX to Edhat! As far as I know the US is the only civilized country that has these problems. Maybe we should ask why, and try to do something about this? Thanks

420722 Nov 08, 2018 04:18 PM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

When this country decides to take mental health issues seriously there might be a change but until then be prepared to duck and cover or run for your life at seconds notice. That’s the world we live in now.

a-1555712955 Nov 09, 2018 10:44 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

420722... It's not the "world we live in now" but the country we live in. The only other places in the world with the gun violence we have are war zones or crumbling societies losing their civility or the bonds that hold civilization together. Sounds familiar?

winter Nov 08, 2018 02:45 PM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

They said he bought the gun legally. I think if he would have been placed on a 5150, 72 hour hold...he would not pass a gun screen / background check. He probably acted fine when law enforcement and mental health professionals interviewed him ....

a-1555712955 Nov 08, 2018 10:47 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

Same or similar scenario as the Elliot Rodger situation - many signs of mental health issues and the cops couldn't do much b/c of the laws. Makes me concerned about going anywhere public like this, at least bars/nightclubs.

Concerned4Calif Nov 08, 2018 10:44 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

Seriously sad event. We need to close the mental health loopholes between verticals of the system. The military has mental health records of people who have problems but that info needs to get into data bases for states to access when potential gun purchasers are being evaluated in the waiting period. We protect health/mental health data literally to the point of injury to others. Out of balance. We need to figure out the right balance on need to know and need to protect privacy.

Flicka Nov 08, 2018 10:00 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

Heard some, maybe 1,2, or more, were in the Las Vegas nightclub when a shooter killed people there. Really horrific to be in two of these crazy scenarios.

Factotum Nov 08, 2018 09:42 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

One more alleged suspect with a long history of "contacts" with law enforcement. Thank ACLU for this continued carnage.

a-1555712955 Nov 09, 2018 09:23 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

Factotum - was he exhibiting acts that should have led him to involuntary confinement? I dont' think that was the case. I think they should have known he owned guns and had mental issues that warranted a visit from police and mental health services. That alone should have been enough to take his guns. Sorry, but you don't get to have guns if you have a mental problems. Should be simple.

Factotum Nov 08, 2018 02:48 PM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

It is the Lantermann-Perris Act that restricts involuntary confinement for those exhibiting disturbing psychological symptoms and threats of harm to others. ACLU protects these restrictions zealously. State's hands are tied.

a-1555712955 Nov 08, 2018 01:58 PM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

FACTOTUM - Not sure it's the ACLU to blame here. Doesn't HIPAA prevent the disclosure of medical information?

a-1555712955 Nov 08, 2018 08:56 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

Procession today for Sergeant Ron Helus, on #101 from Thousand Oaks to Ventura, at 10 a.m. Probably will be carried live on tv. Blood donations needed, call Red Cross for location.

ZeroHawk Nov 09, 2018 09:29 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

2nd amendment wasn't penned for these types of weapons/firearms. if our forefathers knew that we would abuse this to this extent, they'd crap all 7 layers of their clothes. Think of how long it took to load a rifle

oops Nov 08, 2018 10:28 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

how is the gun ban helping bring down Chicago's death rate ? Ban's don't work and they never have starting with the beginning of time. FYI -Kennedy made the family fortune off bootlegging

a-1555712955 Nov 08, 2018 09:42 AM
12 Dead in Ventura County Bar Shooting

PITMIX sadly this person was also "interviewed" as part of a mental health issue, just like Elliot Rodger, and was "cleared" or whatever - i.e. they couldn't hold him. Sounds to me like there were "signs". But sadly, authorities' hands are / were tied.

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