THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Authorities say 12 people, including a sheriff's sergeant, were killed in a shooting at a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night. At least 25 more were injured.
The shooting happened at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, a community north of Los Angeles.
We'll have all the latest this horrific shooting on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m.
The Ventura County Police Department said officials responded to the "active shooter" at the bar around 11 p.m. local time.
Among the dead was a 29-year veteran sheriff's sergeant, authorities confirm. The sergeant was due to retire next year, authorities said. No other victims have been identified by officials.
The shooter, identified as Ian David Long, 28, was found dead inside the bar.
"It's a horrific scene in there. There's blood everywhere," a sheriff's official described in a news conference.
A man who survived the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival was killed in the mass shooting at a California bar, according to our ABC affiliate ABC7.
Telemachus Orfanos was identified by a friend, who said he and her boyfriend grew up together in Thousand Oaks. She also mentioned that he survived the Las Vegas shooting.
His mother spoke to Eyewitness News and said she doesn't want thoughts and prayers. She wants gun control.
“I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!” - mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive pic.twitter.com/UMqTY1RATK— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) November 8, 2018
ABC7 also identified Kristina Morisette as the cashier who was shot and Daniel Manrique as a veteran who was also killed inside the club.
ABC7 has released the names ]of three more victims: 21-year-old Blake Dingman, 48-year-old Sean Adler and Noel Sparks.
Dingman, 21, was identified by his friends as one of the victims in the mass shooting.
Adler was identified by the Simi Valley High School wrestling team as one of the victims killed. A tweet from the team stated that Adler was once a wrestling coach.
Lost a great guy last night. I coached with Sean at Royal and you couldn’t have met a nicer guy. I’m sure plenty of people will be touched by this horrific tragedy. Make sure to remember the families, first responders and those who were there. They need you. Be there for them. pic.twitter.com/38KuZhEWHI— Simi High Wrestling (@simiwrestling) November 8, 2018
Noel Sparks was identified as a victim by her church.
Actress Tamara Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, have confirmed that their 18-year-old niece, Alaina Housley is one of the 12 victims in a statement:
“Our hearts are broken. We just leaned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”
A third victim of the shooting has been identified as 23-year-old recent California Lutheran graduate Justin Meek, according to ABC7.
"Meek heroically saved lives" during the massacre, the university said.
Newly-elected 6th district congressional Rep. Lucy McBath issues a statement about the shooting in California after loosing her own son to gun violence. McBath has said she was moved to run for office after the mass shooting at Parkland High School that killed 17 people in February.
“It is unfortunately not surprising that on the very same day I officially became a congresswoman-elect, other families in this country are receiving the same exact call that I did six years ago when I learned my son had been murdered. The tragedy in California is one of far too many. I grieve with the families affected and for every life lost. I pray that Congress will support me in taking action to prevent these tragedies from affecting the lives of so many. I am deeply thankful for all of the first responders. As a congresswoman, but more importantly as a mother, I pledge to do every thing I can to make our communities safer. The most important title I am ever going to hold is Jordan’s mom – and that is what drives me to keep going. Knowing firsthand the deep pain of losing a loved one to gun violence is what drove me to stand up. Then, after watching the tragedy of Parkland, I knew I had to do more. That is why I am here today. Ninety-eight Americans die every single day to gun violence. To all survivors in this country – I stand with you. To every American concerned about the safety of their families – I pledge to fight as hard as I can for you and your family.” - Lucy McBath, Congresswoman-elect, GA-06
Georgia representative John Lewis has issued a statement on the mass shooting in California:
“It is unimaginable that this nation must again suffer the sorrow of another senseless mass shooting. Members of Congress swear to protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. These numerous mass shootings threaten the security of our nation and jeopardize our commitment to freedom and justice, basic tenets of our society we have sworn to defend.
“Some make the case that gun owners should not be penalized for the irresponsibility of a few, but American citizens should not have to live in fear, unable to go to church, to school, to shopping centers, to nightclubs and bars without wondering whether the unthinkable might happen. We whip up fear to protect ourselves from a caravan of immigrants who have made no threats, but we are strangely unwilling to protect ourselves from the violent among us.
“Members of Congress have taken an oath, and we must live up to it. We must take action to protect American citizens from a great threat to our security. We must introduce common sense gun reform and have it signed into law by the president.”
Firefighters and law enforcement officers have packed the bridges over the highway along the procession route for slain officer Ron Helus.
Very moving scene as we drive on 101 freeway in Thousand Oaks. Residents, firefighters, law enforcement have packed every freeway overpass awaiting procession for Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of Ventura County Sheriff's Office, killed in #borderlineshooting @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/s71N8Lq7rZ— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) November 8, 2018
Hundreds of people have also lined the streets.
Hundreds of people line the highways and overpasses, many waving flags, for the procession for Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed responding to Thousand Oaks mass shooting overnight.— ABC News (@ABC) November 8, 2018
Helus was a 29-year veteran who was about to retire. https://t.co/tKMyP8uVCt pic.twitter.com/GgvUzhnisg
The Associated Press reports that a father has identified his son, Cody Coffman, as one of the 12 people killed. Coffman was 22.
Heart-wrenching moment as father announces his son was killed in Thousand Oaks mass shooting. “Only him and I know, how I loved—how much I miss him…Oh, son, I love you so much.” https://t.co/H1XcH2w5PS pic.twitter.com/mAtfVmIIhy— ABC News (@ABC) November 8, 2018
The mayor of Thousand Oaks, California, says next-of-kin notifications are being prepared about the people who were killed and injured at the mass shooting inside a bar in the city.
Mayor Andrew Fox says it is going to be a “very difficult day for many people.”
“Sister Sister” actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband are looking for their missing niece following the mass shooting at the Southern California bar.
A suitemate of the couple’s niece, Alaina Housely, went on Twitter to say her friend was missing and offered a description of what she was wearing.
Mowry-Housley responded by identifying herself as Housley’s aunt and sought to contact the suitemate directly.
Authorities have released the radio calls in the initial moments after the shooting:
Our ABC affiliate ABC 7 reports that a total of 25 other people were injured, 23 of which transported themselves to hospitals, and two who were taken by ambulance, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Details on their injuries were not released.
HAPPENING NOW: Officers arriving at Los Robles Hospital to begin 10am procession for Sgt. Ron Helus, killed in the #BorderlineShooting in Thousand Oaks; described as true hero. We’ll carry procession #LIVE on @ABC7 and streaming at https://t.co/a8eFAqjJ8p @VENTURASHERIFF pic.twitter.com/2IFSWBCiVo— Marc Cota-Robles (@abc7marccr) November 8, 2018
Our sister station ABC 7 reports that the shooter, Ian David Long, served in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2013 and spent time in Afghanistan. He was ranked as a corporal as a machine gunner.
Ventura County sheriff's are wearing a black band around their badges to honor slain officer Ron Helus. Helus' body is expected from the hospital to the medical examiner's office via motorcade at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
California representative Nancy Pelosi has issued a statement on the mass shooting, calling for action on gun violence:
New statement from @NancyPelosi on shooting in Thousand Oaks: "House Democrats will fight to pass bipartisan, commonsense solutions to prevent gun violence in communities across the country." pic.twitter.com/bO5bsnIEHn— Justin Gray (@grayjustin) November 8, 2018
Police have just released a photo of suspected shooter Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former Marine. He apparently killed himself inside the bar.
Witnesses told ABC affiliate ABC 7 that the gunman first shot a security guard and then opened fire inside the bar. They also said the shooter used smoke bombs during the shooting.
The killer was identified as Ian David Long, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said his department had several previous contacts with the shooter, including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him angry and acting irrationally. The sheriff said a mental health crisis team was called at the time and concluded Long did not need to be taken into custody.
The killer deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Witnesses describe the shooting
Survivors of the bar shooting are describing moments of panic and heroism as a gunman turned a dance floor into a killing zone.
Nineteen-year-old Tayler Whitler says she was dancing and her friends were at a table by the door as the gunman opened fire. She says everyone yelled "Get down!" and it was silent for a couple seconds, then she heard "Get up, he's coming!" and people were trampling on each other to get out.
"A bunch of people dog-piled on top of each other," she told "Good Morning America." "Everyone just yelled, 'Run, he's coming!'"
"There were at least 50 people that all tried getting up at once and running out the back door. I ended up getting caught in the ground and stumbled over by multiple people," Whittler said. "I got hit in the head by a stool that was being picked up to throw through a window, until some guy came up behind me and grabbed me and said, 'Get up, we have to go!'"
She said multiple men around her blocked the group with their bodies, "ready to take a bullet for every single one of us."
Whittler's friend, Sarah Rose DeSon, told "GMA" she was hiding behind a table when she saw a spark and smoke.
"As soon as we all saw that, we jumped up," she said. "I ran out the front door, down some stairs, face-planted in the parking lot but I was lucky enough to get out alive."
"I'm terrified," DeSon added. "We're just praying for our friends that we haven't heard from. ... You never think it's going to be you until it happens. This is a problem. This is real and it's awful."
"They were very, very loud gunshots," college student Erika Sigman told ABC Los Angeles station KABC. "There were people in the middle dancing ... you hear that and you just know."
"We got down because I heard people screaming, 'Everyone get down!'" she said. "We heard people say, 'Run!' and we booked it as fast as we could."
"I love this place -- it's our usual hangout. My parents trust me going here," Sigman noted. "It's very hard to comprehend."
She says "there is a lot of bad in this world, but there is also a lot of good and people will help."
The slain sergeant, survived by his wife and son, was looking to retire soon, the sheriff's office said. Instead, he made "the ultimate sacrifice," Dean said.
When the shooting report came in, the sheriff said Helus was speaking with his wife on the phone.
"Hey, I got to go handle a call, I love you," Helus told his wife, according to Dean.
President Donald Trump has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until Saturday at sunset "as a mark of solemn respect for the victims,” he said in a proclamation.
Authorities are working to determine the suspect's motive.
One woman in tears said her friends got bar stools to smash the windows so they could escape as gunfire erupted in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks https://t.co/3gvXBtsEIT pic.twitter.com/vx25QXdUDa— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) November 8, 2018
#OaksInc: Ongoing active shooter incident reported at Borderline in @CityofTO . Please stay away from area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined. Multiple ambulances requested. @VCFD pic.twitter.com/4X3b8KMisc— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) November 8, 2018
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