Mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California: what we know so far

A suspect killed 12 people at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

A suspect shot and killed 11 bar-goers and a sheriff’s deputy at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night. According to reports, the victims were students attending a college night event at the bar. The Ventura Country Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the shooter is dead.

This is breaking news. We will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

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What we know so far:

  • 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy have been killed and perhaps a dozen others injured by a suspect at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
  • The victims include Sgt. Ron Helus, a deputy with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and 11 people who were attending a college night event at the bar. Helus, a 29-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was one of the first officers at the scene; he was shot multiple times and died in the hospital from his injuries. He was one year short of retirement.
  • Pepperdine University confirmed in a statement that it had “received reports that several [of its] students were at Borderline Bar and Grill” when the shooting began, and that the university is now working with authorities to identify and support those individuals.
  • Calls of “shots fired” first came in around 11:20 pm Pacific. Local reports say the shooter, dressed in all black, tossed smoke grenades and fired off dozens of rounds using a semi-automatic weapon. Hundreds were reportedly inside the bar at the time.
  • The suspect was found dead inside the bar.
  • Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean described the incident as a “tragic, tragic situation.”
  • President Donald Trump tweeted early Thursday morning saying that he had been “fully briefed” on the situation and offering his condolences:

What we don’t know yet:

  • The suspect’s identity
  • The suspect’s motive
  • If there is any connection to terrorism
  • The final number of dead and injured
  • The identities of all of the victims

Author: Jennifer Williams

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