California music bar shooting: 'I just heard...pop, pop, pop'

California music bar shooting: 'I just heard...pop, pop, pop'

California music bar shooting: 'I just heard...pop, pop, pop'

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Julie Novak remembered fallen colleague Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed after responding to calls of gunshots at a Southern California bar Wednesday night.

The shooter was dead inside the bar, police said.

A California Highway Patrol officer who was entering with Helus retreated, secured the perimeter, then pulled Helus out of the line of fire, CBS Los Angeles reported.

The sergeant died in hospital.

Helus was a 29-year veteran of the force who had planned on retiring soon.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant", Dean said, according to KABC. He gave his all.

Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said he could not confirm whether any of those shot were dead.

Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn't say anything as he fired inside the bar.

Kuredjian said hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11:20 p.m., and shots were still being fired when deputies arrived.

Officials have not yet released information about the other victims.

Screaming in fear, patrons rushed for the exits, dived under tables and used barstools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire reverberated through the Borderline Bar & Grill, a hangout popular with students from nearby California Lutheran University. The bar was full of people for a college country music event, and Pepperdine University confirmed that some of its students were there last night.

"I was at the front door and I was talking to my stepdad". She said "there is a lot of bad in this world, but there is also a lot of good and people will help".

At least 10 other people were injured. Dean later said Long carried out the massacre with a Glock 21 handgun equipped with an extended magazine.

Video accessed by the AP showed law enforcement officers and vehicles speeding to the scene and people running from the bar.

"This guy just came out of nowhere and came out with a gun and shot people in Thousand Oaks, California", Harrah said.

Teylor Whittler told KABC that she heard the initial shots and that people yelled, "Get down!"

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