A gunman open fired, killed 12 people and injured at least 15 others at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. The deadly mass shooting happened on Wednesday night when the bar was hosting a “College Country Night.”
Police officers also found the shooter dead, whom they identified as 28-year-old Marine veteran David Long of Newbury Park, California. They believed Long took his own life.
A neighbor told CNN that Long had interactions with law enforcement officers earlier this year. His mother “lived in fear” of what he might do because he refused to get help.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters his deputies responded to Long’s house for a “subject disturbing” in April this year. They talked to him and noticed that he was “acting irrational” so they called their crisis intervention team. Their mental health specialists spoke with Long and cleared him because they thought he was not qualified to be taken under 5150.
“We have no idea what the motive was at this point. We have no idea if there is a terrorism link or not,” according to Dean.
A police officer was among those killed
Additionally, the Sheriff said police officers Long used a Glock.45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine in the shooting.
Furthermore, the sheriff said Sgt. Ron Helus was among those killed in the mass shooting. According to him, Helus was the first responder and was hit with multiple gunshots. He was later declared dead at a hospital. Helus leaves a wife and a son.
“He died a hero because he went in to save lives,” said the Sheriff to Helus’ wife.
On Thursday, a procession carried the body of Helus from Los Robles Hospital to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In a statement, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, said, “Ron’s selfless, heroic actions will never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”