A Ventura County sheriff’s deputy is among the dead.
Last night (Wednesday, 7 November) a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California left twelve people dead. Amongst the victims was a police officer. As reported by The New York Times and CNN, the suspect is dead. The shooting took place at Borderline Bar & Grill, a western style establishment. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told CNN that the crime scene was “horrific,” citing multiple injuries of varying levels on top of the 12 that were killed.
“It’s a horrific scene in there, there is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn’t want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation,” Sheriff Dean affirmed. “Right now as far as we know there was only one handgun, but that could certainly change as we do a more thorough search of the building.” Sgt. Ron Helus was among those killed in the massacre. He was one of the first to respond to the 9-1-1 call for help. “Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went in to save lives, to save other people,” Sheriff Dean declared.
According to the sheriff, the suspect has yet to be identified, and that it was unclear if he had taken his own life.