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Thousand Oaks shooter named in second official statement

Thousand Oaks shooter named in second official statement

"It can happen anywhere". "It's the most sad thing that I've ever experienced in my life".

"The fact that he was the first in the door doesn't surprise me at all", sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow said Thursday. Several witnesses described the weapon used as a pistol. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead.

On Thursday, authorities provided an update on the shooting.

He was the first responder at the scene and was "struck with multiple gun shots" after going inside the venue to protect civilians. It's unclear whether the magazine was legally purchased.

Sgt. Ron Helus was among the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill. "We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night's shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks".

Shootings of any kind are very rare in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

Screen capture from video from the scene of a shooting at a bar in California, November 8, 2018. He was a 29-year veteran of the force looking to retire within the next year.

After almost three decades policing the area, the veteran was due to retire next year.

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Authorities said the motive for the attack Wednesday night was under investigation.

At least 10 to 15 people also were injured, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

Officials have not released the names of all the victims as they worked to notify the families.

The bar was holding a college country nights event between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Wednesday night, its website states. Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside.

"Sgt. Helus will be transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to westbound Janss Road", the department said in a statement.

The identity of the gunman is allegedly 28-year-old David Ian Long, a military veteran who apparently drove his mother's auto to the scene.

When Long entered, people screamed and fled to all corners of the bar, while a few people threw barstools through the windows and helped dozens to escape, witnesses said. Dean told reporters that there was no indication the suspect was targeting bar employees. Investigators are working out the details of what transpired, Dean added.

The Ventura County sheriff said several of the patrons at the Borderline were off duty police officers, all unarmed. A mental health crisis team determined at that time that he should not be taken into custody, the AP reported.