At least 12 people were shot and killed at country dance bar in Thousand Oaks, California, Wednesday night.
The identified gunman is dead. Fox News described the assailant as “a mysterious man in black clutching a semi-automatic pistol.” One of the first responders, local police Sgt. Ron Helus, is also listed amongst the dead.
The Borderline Bar & Grill was full of students who had come for “country night,” when shots rang out around 11:20 pm. Witnesses say the gunman, who was reportedly wearing a trenchcoat, did not say a word before he opened fire.
Some witnesses say the gunman used smoke grenades to conceal himself as he shot.
CNN reports that Sgt. Helus, was one of the first officers to reach the scene. He was shot multiple times and died hours later.
Helus had been with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years and was set to retire in roughly a year.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says the gunman was found dead inside the bar when other officers rushed in.
California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, gun confiscation laws, a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, an “assault weapons” ban, a minimum firearm purchase age of 21, a ban on campus carry, a “good cause” restriction for concealed carry, and controls on the purchase of ammunition, among other things.
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