Authorities believe gunman posted on Facebook around time of shooting, official says

California bar shooting ‘We believe he shot himself’ says sheriff

Ventura County sheriff Geoff Dean paid tribute to his fallen co-worker and close friend during an emotional media conference following the attack.

The father-of-one was the first officer to enter the premises, along with a highway patrolman who was passing by.

He then shot patrons who were attending the venue's country music night for college students, Dean said.

When CNN read the post to a friend of Long's, who did not want to be publicly identified, the friend said, "That does not sound like Ian to me at all". Helus died later at Los Robles Regional Medical Center. "It's particularly ironic that after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern history, he went on to be killed in his hometown", his father told the Ventura County Star. He was found dead at the scene. At 12:00 this morning I was informed that my wonderful brother was taken down by the shooter as well as his good friend Jake Dunham. "Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant". He was totally committed. "He went in to save lies, to save other people", Dean said.

Colleagues have hailed 54-year-old Helus as a hero for his actions.

"Maybe there was a motive for this particular night, but we have no information leading to that at all", the sheriff said. "He was a lifetime learner, a trainer, a mentor, a leader".

A man holds his head in his hands outside the bar following the shooting. Thirteen people died, including a sheriff's deputy and the suspected shooter.

He added: "I just want him to know that he is going to be missed...."

Ms Whittler said she didn't have time "to think about why this is happening", and just focused on a way to "get out". "He was just a great guy". "He has always had a knack for investigations". "Dan's life was dedicated to serving others, during his military career and beyond", said John Pinter, executive director of Team Red, White & Blue.

"He attacked me. He attacked his high school track coach", Colell said. "You can't go to a bar or nightclub?"

"To describe it as heroic", he trailed off for about a minute, as he stood about 300 feet from the bar. "When you call 911, he's one of the guys you want showing up". "It's hard to sleep after these kinds of things", said Dani Merrill, who lived through the Vegas shooting and escaped the Borderline bloodshed at the bar by running out the loading dock.

In addition to his wife, Helus is survived by his son.

New details surrounding the Thousand Oaks shooting that left twelve people dead reveal that it was possibly a revenge killing for Ian David Long.

Jason Coffman approached a host of reporters' microphones on Thursday, and with a quiver in his voice, shared the news he had feared receiving all morning: His eldest son was among the 12 people killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

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