Thousand Oaks shooting victim, survivors lived through Vegas massacre

At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California

The gunman also died at the scene. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "We don't know if he reloaded his weapon or not, we're still interviewing witnesses". More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Sgt. Ron Helus was on the phone with his wife when he heard reports of gunfire.

Moorpark College freshman Cole Knapp, after initially dismissing the loud band he heard as a prankster setting off a firecracker, told the Associated Press that he tried to get as many people to cover as he could. He was killed in a shootout with the gunman.

"There is blood everywhere", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

Helus had been at the department for almost three decades, and was planning to retire within the next year, the sheriff said, choking back tears.

Coffman said he bonded with Cody over outdoor activities - he coached his son in baseball starting from age 3 and the two often went fishing together. He is survived by his wife and a son.

"Cody was the big brother that my kids need", he said, fighting through tears.

Cody Coffman had just turned 22 and planned to enlist in the military, his father said.

"I already didn't wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time", Brendan Kelly said Thursday outside his Thousand Oaks home.

"Bordeline's a family", she said, referring to the popular college bar.

He said both they both managed to escape. Dean said Long reportedly used a handgun in the attack.

She was an English major who had joined the university choir and was planning on spending her sophomore year studying overseas at Pepperdine's campus in Florence, Italy.

Housley is the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, a former Fox News reporter.

"Our hearts are broken". This time, gunfire claimed a Navy veteran who had lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history a year ago.

Another Pepperdine student, Peyton Lee, said the students there can take some comfort in knowing their friend is at peace. "I love you. I'll talk to you later,"' Dean said. "There is a lot of bad in this world, but there is also a lot of good and people will help", she said.

Taylor von Molt, 21, said at first, she thought the gunshots were balloons popping.

"His life was about going above and beyond", she said. "Everyone's going to have a friend that they've lost, if something doesn't change".

The gunman opened fire at around 11:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. CT Thursday).

He said that there are at least "six victims including one deputy" who are still inside the bar. "It's too frequent an occurrence and it hurts every time, but it's never hurt like this before".

Freshman Mahala Bayless said the community is coming together in the wake of the tragedy.

"We lost a hero", he said. "We're in mourning as a community".

The university didn't cancel classes, but held an afternoon prayer service.

The university said in a statement that the family of recent graduate Justin Meek said he was among the dead. "Our students wanted that, they needed that". Hours into the tragedy no one had been reunified with a loved one. "Meek heroically saved lives in the incident".

A year ago, 58 people were shot dead at a country music festival in Las Vegas, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and several of the patrons in the California bar had also been at the Nevada concert.

A victim of the shooting is wheeled away minutes after the gun rampage.

This story will be updated as the names of the other dead are confirmed.



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