Student Journalists Report From Thousand Oaks Shooting Where Classmates Partied

Hugh Fox
November 9, 2018

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Jason remembers saying goodbye to his son, Cody, who went to the bar every Wednesday for its "College Country Night".

A police officer is among the wounded in the mass shooting at the Borderline bar in the city of Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles, reports say. The sheriff's office received multiple calls of shots fired at the bar after the hooded gunman began his massacre.

Numerous law enforcement agencies were on-scene, including the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kelly said he dragged one woman out a back emergency exit and then, using his belt, T-shirt and Marine training, applied a tourniquet to his friend's bleeding arm.

"It's a horrific scene in there".

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Long was in the Marines from 2008 to 2013, rose to the rank of corporal and served in Afghanistan in 2010-11, the military said.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, who was on the scene within three minutes after the shooting was reported, was killed in the incident. Authorities believe the gunman, Ian David Long, ultimately killed himself. "Acting a little irrationally", he said.

"They called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialists who met with him, talked to him, and cleared him". "(They) didn't feel he was qualified to be taken under 5150.

"For many of us, it was seeing each others' faces in the bar again that brought us a huge sense of relief", she said in an interview with HuffPost.

Dean said there had been six off-duty police officers from different departments in the bar at the time. He was a year away from retirement after 29 years on the job. Helus is survived by a wife and son. "There's no way to describe this". We go to the gym together, work out together.it's horrific and bad and it saddens our hearts'.

'He was totally committed, he gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero.' 'It's so tragic losing Ron.

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"I've known that he's one of the kids to run towards a bully, to stand up for others, and I think that's maybe what he did". Dean said there was "blood everywhere" inside the bar.

Champion said that witnessing the mass shooting helped him decide to become a firefighter.

"(He) said to her, 'Hey I got to go handle a call.

Holden Harrah told CNN the gunman opened fire within seconds. They are still searching and investigating. People dancing dropped to the floor and hid behind bar stools in stunned silence.

Hanson said the sheriff's deputy who arrived took his information, but he never learned more about what happened and hadn't spoken to Long since then.

Carl Edgar, 24, of Tarzana said: "As far as I know, all of my friends are OK, safe".

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The venue in the quiet, upscale Thousand Oaks suburb had been hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office said earlier.

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