Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting Leaves 12 Dead
Twelve people are dead after a gunman entered a popular Thousand Oaks bar and began shooting.
The lone gunman was said to have used smoke bombs as he shot through a crowd inside the Borderline Bar & Grill which is said to be a popular hangout for college students Wednesday night. 12 people were confirmed dead including a Sheriff’s sergeant shot as he attempted to help.
The gunman entered the bar around 11:20 p.m., in a black trench coat. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer entered the bar first and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Helus was shot several times and died at an area hospital early Thursday morning.
A motive in the shooting was not immediately clear and there was no evidence linking the attack to terrorism. Police believe the weapon used was a handgun.
Eleven victims and the shooter were found dead inside the bar by responding emergency personnel.