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12 Killed, Gunman Dead in California Bar Mass Shooting

#GunControlNow! – 12 Killed, Gunman Dead in California Bar Mass Shooting

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

UPDATE #2 – DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY: 50 Killed, 54 Wounded In Florida Gay Nightclub Mass Shooting, Suspect Named – Video

Pulse

 

Over 20 people are dead and 42 people have been transported for medical treatment at Pulse nightclub, in Orlando, Florida.

The shooting began around 2 a.m., and an officer responded, Mina said. The officer engaged in a shoot out outside the club. The gunman then ran into the club.

“That turned into a hostage situation. Police and relatives  were getting calls from people inside the club.
 
The killer was well prepared carrying automatic weapons. Police Chief John Mina also said the shooter had some sort of “suspicious device.”
 
The suspect exchanged gunfire with an officer working at the club around 2 a.m., then went back inside and took hostages
 
“That turned into a hostage situation,” Mina said. Authorities were getting calls from people inside the club but away from the gunman, the chief said.
 
“Everyone get out of Pulse and keep running,” the nightclub posted on its Facebook page shortly after the violence began
 
Around 5 a.m., authorities sent in a SWAT team to rescue the hostages, and the suspect then died in a gunfight with those officers. Mina said police have not determined an exact number of casualties, but that “approximately 20” people were dead inside the club.
 
“It’s just shocking,” said Christopher Hansen who was inside Pulse. He heard gunshots, “just one after another after another.”
 
FBI spokesman Danny Banks said during a news conference that the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He says authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
 
Orlando police warned residents to stay away from the area, and urged people not to call their offices. They declined to provide the number of casualties, saying details will be available later. Bomb sniffing dogs are on the scene.
 
Back2Stonewall’s hearts and prayers go out to the victims, friends, and families of this terrible incident.
 
We will keep you updated as more details come available.

 

UPDATE #1: 9:00 a.m.
At a press conference on Sunday at 7 a.m., an FBI official was asked if the shooter, who was shot and killed by police, had ties to Jihadist terror groups. “At this time we’re looking at all angles right now.” the official said. “We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings towards that, that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively so we’re still running everything around”

 

Update #2: 11.30 a.m.
According to new information released the numbers now stand at 50 people killed and over 53 wounded  inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The shooter has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando.

 

WARNING: The video below is graphic in content