12 people killed, including sheriff’s deputy, in ‘horrific’ California bar shooting, police say

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A gunman opened fire inside a crowded bar late Wednesday in Southern California, killing 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy who had rushed inside to confront the shooter, authorities said. The gunman was later found dead inside.

The gunfire erupted as people were line dancing on “College Country Night” at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular nightspot in Thousand Oaks, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, witnesses said.

Among the dead was Ron Helus, a veteran sergeant in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office who was mortally wounded when he responded to the incident just minutes after 911 calls began flooding in, authorities said.

The only weapon recovered by early Thursday was a handgun, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said, adding that authorities were still trying to identify the shooter. – READ MORE

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