Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Dead, Including Sheriff Deputy & Gunman, in Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks

Dead, Including Sheriff Deputy & Gunman, in Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says the investigation is still ongoing although there weren't any indications of preliminary indications the attack was terrorist-related.

"It was this country strong family that it was just a regular thing and we were there to have fun and have a good time", he said.

Long's only other contact with authorities came after a traffic collision and after he alleged he was the victim of a violent encounter in 2015 at another bar in Thousand Oaks, the sheriff said.

Mr Dean confirmed that Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was responding to the incident, was shot after he entered the building. Hundreds fled in terror before Long apparently killed himself.

But he was killed one year later in another mass shooting in his hometown of Thousand Oaks, California.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, people hopping over gates to get out", Mr Steinwender told KABC.

Ventura County Sheriff's office spokesman, Eric Buschow, said: "When deputies arrived they heard shots being fired, it was an active shooter situation". God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Witnesses told how the shooter, wearing a black mask with a bandana covering the bottom of his face, let off smoke grenades to confuse the terrified crowd before firing indiscriminately into the dance floor packed with college students attending a line dancing event. "The second time around doesn't get any easier".

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"Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this", Dean said. "If he talks, just acknowledge him, don't go into conversation with him,"' Don MacLeod said.

Nick Steinwender, Cal Lutheran student body president, told KTLA-TV he immediately started receiving messages about the shooting, and he and his roommate went to the scene to offer rides back to campus or moral support. Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene.

"I'm super upset that it happened in our home, and I feel terrible for the families that have to go through this", Merrill said at the vigil.

California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but on Thursday, governor-elect Gavin Newsom promised he "will raise the bar" on gun control when he takes over in January.

"I knew exactly what it was, the moment it was", Anderson said.

Attempts to get comment by phone and in person from officials at Newbury Park High School and its school district were unsuccessful - both were closed due to a destructive wildfire in the area. Right now - so that no one else goes through this.

He said a highway patrol officer who happened to be pulling someone over was nearby. "He looked like he knew what he was doing".

Tel Orfanos lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern us history only to lose his life in another one less than 10 minutes from his home barely a year later, a tragic coincidence that has devastated his friends and family.

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