At 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed when a mass shooter opened fire. Witnesses report at least 30 shots were fired. The gunman threw smoke bombs and rained bullets on a crowd of hundreds inside according to the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to the dead, 10 other people may have been injured, according to Sheriff Geoff Dean,
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer entered the bar first and were met with gunfire from the suspect, Helus was shot several times and died at an area hospital early Thursday morning, according to Dean.
“It’s a horrific incident,” Dean said. “It’s part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everywhere, and I think it’s impossible to put any logic or sense to the senseless.
Witnesses reported a horrifying scene as gunfire echoed through the club and those inside ran for cover, in some cases using chairs to break windows to escape the building. Others hid in bathrooms and an attic as they frantically called loved ones who were hearing reports of the shooting.
The number of people killed or injured is likely to rise