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In this image made from aerial video police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks California early Thursday Nov. 8 2018. Authorities say there were multiple injuries _ including one officer _ after a man opened fire in S

At least 12 people have been killed, including a police officer, at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

"We have no idea what the motive was at this point". Mental health specialists talked to him and didn't feel he qualified to be detained under the state's "5150" mental health detention law, Dean said. The sheriff said officers were told he might have PTSD because of his military service.

The 33-year-old served with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, deploying to Afghanistan in 2007 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, according to the outlet.

Within seconds, the gunman burst into the bar and without a word, fired into the crowd with a Glock.45-caliber handgun. "So I wouldn't say I am less like to go out, but definitely more cautious".

Dressed all in black with his hood pulled up, Long opened fire with a handgun with an illegal, extra-capacity magazine.

"We do not know how many rounds were in the weapon", he said.

Kuredjian said at around 0915 GMT (5pm Singapore time) that the shooter was still confined inside the premises, adding that he did not know if he had been subdued or shot.

"It appears he walked up to the scene".

Long shot an unarmed security guard outside the bar before going inside, where he shot more security staff, CNN reported.

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.

They were likely unarmed, he said, though he could not yet confirm that information, nor could he yet say if and how they had assisted victims or confronted the gunman.

Among those killed was a three-decade veteran of the sheriff's department, 54-year-old Sergeant Ron Helus, who was married, had a grown son and was close to retirement.

Thousands of mourners lined US Highway 101 on Thursday morning to watch as a hearse carrying Helus' body traveled from a hospital in Thousand Oaks to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

"He went in there to try to save people", Sheriff Dean said in a news conference.

"I dropped to the floor", she said.

The witness, who escaped unharmed with his stepson, said he saw the gunman shoot multiple people.

At least one person was being treated for a gunshot wound, while more than a dozen others suffered minor injuries after jumping out of windows and diving under tables during the attack.

"I heard shots", he told CBS in an interview, "and that's not a noise you mistake for anything else."
"My stepdad dove and took cover and yelled at me, 'John, hit the deck! There's a fence right there so I said, 'Everyone get over the fence as quickly as you can.' And I followed them over". "And the gunman started opening fire on the cashiers, the people working the cash register on the front desk".

President Donald Trump tweeted about the tragedy Thursday morning, thanking law enforcement for their bravery.

By the time officers entered the bar again, the gunfire had stopped, according to the sheriff. "This is a safe place. I just wanted to get down as soon as I heard the first shot go off". "I don't know how I survived because at any moment, I could have been shot". Thousand Oaks was considered the third-safest city in the USA this year, according to Niche, an online company that provides data on neighborhoods, companies and schools.

The Sheriff's Office set up a hotline for those who may be affected by the shooting, at 805-465-6650.



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