'He died a hero:' Sheriff's sergeant dies in California bar mass shooting

'He died a hero:' Sheriff's sergeant dies in California bar mass shooting

'He died a hero:' Sheriff's sergeant dies in California bar mass shooting

Authorities in Southern California say a gunman killed 12 people late Wednesday during an attack at a bar and dance club.

An undated photo of Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, who was shot and killed in a mass shooting at a Thousands Oaks, Calif., bar, November 7, 2018.

The sheriff's deputy who died was identified as Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year-veteran of the department, Dean said.

A friend, Sgt. Eric Buschow, said Helus took on some of the toughest assignments, was on the SWAT team for much of his career and worked in narcotics and investigations.

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

Dean said about 15 others had injuries considered non-life-threatening, including cuts that came from jumping out of a window or diving under a table, the sheriff said.

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"Our organization's thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims that were affected by this awful act that took place in our area", McVay said.

The venue in the quiet, upscale Thousand Oaks suburb had been hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said earlier.

Dean said the shooting, which happened in a typically peaceful neighborhood, is emblematic of a wider change in the nation: "You know, I've been a cop for 41 years, and I never thought I would see the things around the country that would happen".

It was the second mass shooting in less than two weeks, after a gunman killed 11 Jewish worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue on October 27.

The married father-of-one was among 12 people to have been killed by the 28-year-old US Marines veteran, who is believed to have later turned the gun on himself.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago.

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In one such video, she interviewed Tim Dominguez, who recalled escaping the bar with his son as others lost their lives around them, including a responding sheriff's deputy. Officers found him dead inside.

The incident was reported at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles.

"(He) said to her, 'Hey I got to go handle a call. She said she hid with a group of strangers and they were holding hands.

One of whom also survived the Vegas shooting, the LA Times reported.

The father of one patron told CBS L.A. his daughter told him the gunman "knew what he was doing" and came in "with a goal".

"Firefighters and first responders are arriving on scene of a report of a shooting at an establishment in @CityofTO".

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