At least 12 people have been killed at a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. The shooting occurred Wednesday evening at Borderline Bar & Grill, which opened its doors on Wednesday nights to people 18 and over. On this particular night as they do every Wednesday, Borderline Bar & Grill hosted a country night where a majority of attendees were college students, some from Pepperdine University in Malibu. One of those killed on the scene was a first responder, Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, who entered the bar as the shooting was happening. The shooter is also dead.
“Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went into save lives, to save other people,” Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters, according to CNN.
Some people in attendance said that the bar is typically a refuge for students especially when it’s college night. They were there to listen to country music and learn how to line dance.
The shooter has yet to be identified but some people on the scene describe the shooter as wearing a hoodie and some kind of mask. According to NBC, the shooter, described as a white male, did not have any I.D. on him. They also report he had a single handgun.
“It was really, really really shocking,” Tayler Whitler, 19, told KABC-TV outside the bar, “It looked like he knew what he was doing.”
A Family Unification Center has been set up at 1375 E. Janss Rd in Thousand Oaks, for those needing information on the whereabouts of their loved ones. People are also encouraged to call hotline 1(805)465-6650 for any information.
We will update this story as more information is released.