Tragedy strikes twice for California shooting survivors who witnessed Las Vegas massacre

Tragedy strikes twice for California shooting survivors who witnessed Las Vegas massacre

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday to honor fallen Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was killed while responding to a mass shooting at a bar overnight. The highway patrolman pulled Helus out, then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived.

There has been a shooting at a bar in Southern California which has left 12 people dead, including a sheriff's deputy and the gunman. He added that Helus was a "hard-working, dedicated Sheriff's Sergeant".

"He gave his all ... he went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean said.

Asked if he had anything to say about the suspected gunman, who authorities believe killed himself in the massacre, Coffman would only say, "I feel sorry for his parents".

Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn't say anything as he fired inside the bar.

All the victims were killed inside Borderline Bar and Grill in the suburb of Thousand Oaks late on Wednesday (Nov 7), including the officer who had been called to the scene, Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

"Multiple other victims of different levels of injury ... were rescued from the scene and taken to local hospital", Sheriff Dean said.

Other witnesses described seeing and hearing people smashing windows with barstools to create escape routes from the bar.

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Kuredjian said it has been "quite some time" since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

Dean said there had been six off-duty police officers from different departments in the bar at the time. The bar was hosting its weekly "College Country Night" when the incident was reported around 11.20 pm. "We certainly will look at that option". Law enforcement and emergency crews flooded the scene and police urged the public to avoid the area.

Dean said the shooter was already dead when officers made entry.

Long was "the victim of a battery" at a bar in Thousand Oaks in January 2015, Dean said.

In a joint statement, the couple said: "Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner".

Newsom said he supports people's right to bear arms, but he is concerned about gun violence and thinks California should lead the way on gun controls.

Thousand Oaks is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and It's considered one of the safest large cities in the country, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics, USA Today reported.

Madeleine Carr, the paper's editor, told CNN on Thursday morning that she was also waiting to hear back from some friends who had gone to the bar to attend College Country night.

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