Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar

09 November, 2018, 05:54 | Author: Donnie King
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Helus was married with a grown son and took up fly fishing a few years ago, Buschow said.

Police identified 28-year-old Ian David Long as the suspect in the shooting at a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar that left at least 13 dead, including the suspected gunman.

"They found 11 victims that had been killed", said Dean of the first response unit before detailing that the death of Helus brought the toll to 12, not including the gunman. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred.

Prior to heading to the scene, Helus talked to his wife, as he does several times during his shift, Dean said. "Right now as far as we know there was only one handgun, but that could certainly change as we do a more thorough search of the building".

President Donald Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning that he was "fully briefed" on the shooting.

"There is blood everywhere", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. "We haven't found any correlation", the sheriff said.

He served in the war in Afghanistan for seven months beginning in late 2010, the Marine Corp said, and was awarded multiple ribbons, commendations and medals.

Also, both the Vegas and Borderline shootings involved country music. Law enforcement and emergency crews flooded the scene and police urged the public to avoid the area.

People "dog-piled on top of each other" trying to hide in silence, she said. "Knowing Cody, I'm afraid that's what he did". Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive at the bar and went inside just before 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT). "I gotta go on a call, '" Dean said.




"He went in there to save people and made the ultimate sacrifice", Dean said.

While authorities have not named all 12 victims in the shooting, a father of one person who died identified his 22-year-old son as among those who were killed.

A witness to the shootings, Taylor Von Molt, 21, who said she was a promotor at the bar, said the gunman wore a black mask with a bandana covering the bottom of his face, and a black hoodie.

"I heard a gunshot, I turned around and I saw him shoot a couple more times", student Teylor Whittler, 19, told CNN affiliate KABC.

"With over 2,500 square feet of wide open dance floor, Borderline has provided a haven for country line dancing folks of all ages equipped with pool tables", the website says.

A friend, Sgt. Eric Buschow, said Helus took on some of the toughest assignments, was on the SWAT team for much of his career and worked in narcotics and investigations.

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"A lot of people were just running around, young kids, and I just heard the gunshots going even as I was running to the vehicle", Dominguez said while fighting back tears.

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and son and planned to retire in the coming year, said the sheriff, choking back tears.

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