13 people dead in California bar shooting, including deputy and gunman

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The man who shot and killed 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California, was identified on Monday as Ian David Long.

A 28-year-old US Marine Corps combat veteran opened fire in a crowded country music bar in California, killing 12 people including a police officer who rushed in and exchanged shots with the gunman, authorities said Thursday. He said the motive of the shooting and the identity of the shooter were not known.

"We all just trampled and tried to get out", Tait said.

Long opened fire, seemingly at random, inside the Western-themed bar at about 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT Thursday), using a.45 caliber Glock handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

"Obviously he had something going on in his head that caused him to do something like this", he said.

"The mental health experts out there cleared him that day", Dean told reporters Thursday, though they were concerned he might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military service. Long was found dead at the scene, having apparently shot himself.

"My Son is home, well sort of, back in Hawaii, soon to be in Cali come January, hooray!" she wrote on December 14, 2012. "We know Cody's heart and he sacrificed his own life, to protect the ones around him".

One officer said it had been "quite some time" since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks.

Dean said about 15 others had injuries considered non-life-threatening, including cuts that came from jumping out of a window or diving under a table, the sheriff said. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that".

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It was the second mass shooting in America in less than two weeks.

'As soon as I heard the shots I knew exactly what was going on, ' Wennerstrom said.'I turned and saw a dark figure, and made a decision to get out of there as soon as I could'. He shot the security guard.

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force with a wife and son and planned to retire in the coming year, said the sheriff, who choked back tears several times as he talked about the sergeant who was also his longtime friend. The first was Ventura County sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was shot multiple times in an exchange of gunfire with the attacker.

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The bar, popular with students from Pepperdine College and California Lutheran University, was hosting a "college country night" and allows under-21s in on Wednesday nights.

There were hundreds of people packed inside Borderline Bar and Grill when a gunman burst inside throwing smoke grenades and firing dozens of rounds, witnesses and authorities said.

"There's people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there's people that have seen it twice", he said.

"There were people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics", he added.

Thousand Oaks was named the third-safest city in the United States for 2018 by the website Niche.

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