"Multiple fatalities" in shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, California

Shooting reported at California bar

They responded to a call at a house in April where the suspect was acting irrationally. The sheriff said officers were told he might have PTSD because of his military service.

The wounded police officer was taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries.

"If I knew the answer to that, I'd do something to stop it". "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". He said he was "dumbfounded" by the bloodshed.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was inside the bar when a man walked in with his face partly covered by something resembling a ski mask, opened fire on a person working on the door, then began to shoot people at random. He first shot a security guard standing outside, then went in and opened fire on staff members and patrons, the sheriff said.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. Sergeant Helus was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds.

"I mind my own business and they did theirs too", he said in a brief telephone interview. He praised the slain officer - a close friend - as a hero: "He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price".

Eric Buschow said the gunman was dead inside the bar.

People reportedly escaped the bar by using chairs to break windows, while others reportedly sheltered inside the venue's toilets.

Asked what the scene inside the bar was like, Sheriff Dean said, "Like ... hell".

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.

At least 12 others, including the killer, were killed during the attack, and 15 others were injured during the incident, which occurred during "College Country" night.

Nick Steinwender, student body president at nearby California Lutheran University, rushed to the scene when he heard about a shooting at the bar where he knew friends and fellow students were inside.

"I just started hearing these big pops - pop, pop, pop".

Pepperdine University confirmed several students were at the bar during the shooting.

"I'm just reeling, riding on adrenaline right now", he said. Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot. My son thought it was a joke, so I pulled him down and got some cover.

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