13 dead, including gunman, after shooting at California bar during college night

Leroy Wright
November 9, 2018

"I can't tell you what the status of any of those that were shot is at this point", he said.

A police officer, described as a sheriff's sergeant, and the gunman are among the 13 confirmed to have died.

Witnesses told CNN the attacker had a large handgun, wore a black trench coat and glasses and threw smoke grenades inside the. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Long was a veteran and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Only 10 days ago a gunman killed 11 worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

He praised law enforcement, saying "Great bravery shown by police" and said "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims".

Prior to heading to the scene, Helus talked to his wife, as he does several times during his shift, Dean said.

Coffman said he bonded with Cody over outdoor activities - he coached his son in baseball starting from age 3 and the two often went fishing together.

As the entered, Sergeant Helus was struck multiple times with gunfire. The gunman, identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, died inside the bar, police said on Thursday.

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He called his wife shortly before going into the nightclub.

Authorities found up to 15 more people at the scene with injuries, not including those who escaped from the nightclub, which had been hosting a "College Country" night.

Officers from at least three law-enforcement agencies combed the area around the Borderline Bar & Grill in search of the gunman who opened fire on the popular country-and-Western venue about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night.

The 23-year-old was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, and "heroically saved lives in the incident", according to the university's president, Chris Kimball. "But I've learned, it doesn't matter what community you're in, it doesn't matter how safe your community is". Active law enforcement incident. Rapid-fire gunshots could be heard as officers crouched down behind a police vehicle, weapons drawn. He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man.

Knapp said he tried to help other people in the bar take cover, then headed for the bar's patio and jumped over a fence to safety.

Her daughter said she hadn't been at the bar, but a friend of hers had and was hiding in the bathroom.

"(He) said to her, "Hey I got to go handle a call. He was accompanied by an officer from the California Highway Patrol on his way into the building. Another witness said the gunman wielded what looked like a sub-machine gun. He said he had friends who hadn't been accounted for.

In yet another odd coincidence, one of the victims to be named in the Vegas shooting was Susan Smith from Simi Valley which is only miles from the site of the Borderline shooting.

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