California shooting: 12 dead

There has been a shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

At around 11pm local time (8pm Thursday NZ time) a man killed a security guard outside, then entered the bar and continued shooting, killing a further 11 people.

More details can be found on StuffQuote:

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations. He first shot a security guard standing outside, then went in and opened fire on staff members and patrons, the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman arrived at the Borderline around 11.20pm local time (8.20pm Thursday NZT) in response to several 911 calls, heard gunfire and went inside, the sheriff said.

Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Dean said. The highway patrolman pulled Helus out, then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived. Helus died early on Thursday at a hospital.

By the time officers entered the bar again, the gunfire had stopped, according to the sheriff. They found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman, who was discovered in office and had apparently shot himself, the sheriff said.[…]

[…] Authorities said the motive for the attack on Wednesday night (Thursday NZT) was under investigation.

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran who authorities said had an episode of erratic behaviour last spring that was thought to be post-traumatic stress disorder because of his military background.  End of quote


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