Twelve people were killed, including a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy, Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill after gunman made his way into bar filled with hundreds of students on “College Country Night” and opened fire.
Ventura County sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple reports of shots fired around 11:30 p.m. at the Borderline Bar and Grill, located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Helus, a 29 year veteran looking to retire next year, was one of those killed during the incident. Helus was one of the first units to arrive on scene. Sergeant Helus died in the hospital, Sheriff Geoff Dean said. Helus is survived by his wife and child.
“…he died a hero; he went in to save lives, to save other people,” Dean said with lots of emotion in his voice.
The suspect, yet to be identified, was described as wearing a trench coat with a beard or a scarf covering his face had reportedly entered the bar and opened fire into the crowd.
Dean said the suspect was found dead inside the bar when deputies arrived.
“It’s well too early to know if he took his own life,” Dean said.
Up to a dozen people had also been injured, Dean added.
It was also reported that smoke grenades were used during the shooting. Dean said the bomb team is investigating but haven’t found anything to confirm an explosive device was used.
Borderline Bar & Grills is a western-themed establishment that regularly hosts “College Country Nights” from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Wednesday nights. College students from California Lutheran University and Pepperdine University are believed to have been in attendance at the time of the mass shooting incident.
An emergency information hotline has been set up to help locate people involved in the shooting at 805-465-6650. A reunification area has been established at Thousand Oaks Teen Center, located at 1375 E. Janss Rd.