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At least 12 people were killed when a Marine combat veteran opened fire in a busy Southern California bar late Wednesday night, making Thousand Oaks, Calif. the latest city left grieving in the aftermath of a mass shooting.
The victims include a sheriff’s deputy who charged onto the scene, as well as a Navy veteran who survived last year’s massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival. At least 23 people were also injured, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Police believe the gunman, identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, took his own life after attacking the Borderline Bar & Grill.
To honor the shooting’s victims, the city of Thousand Oaks hosted a vigil Thursday.
“Our hearts are with all those whose loved ones were stolen from them too soon, by yet another senseless act of gun violence,” Calif. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom said.
These are the victims of the Borderline bar shooting:
© Ventura County Sheriff Dept./Handout/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Editorial use only. HANDOUT /NO SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9971018a) An undated handout photo made available by Ventura County Sheriff Department showing Sergeant Ron Helus. Ventura County Sheriff Department Sergeant Ron Helus died along with 12 attendees and the gunmen following the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, USA, 08 November 2018. California Bar shooting, Ventura, USA - 08 Nov 2018 Sgt. Ron Helus was a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County sheriff’s office who was planning to retire next year. When news of the shooting came in, Helus, who was then on the phone with his wife, rushed to the Borderline bar. He arrived within two minutes of the first 911 call.
Helus was shot multiple times while exchanging fire with the gunman, and later died at the hospital.
Today we mourn the loss of Sergeant Ron Helus who gave his life serving the community. Please keep his family and the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/EwDsnPRDCs— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) November 8, 2018
Sgt. Eric Buschow described his friend and colleague as a “cop’s cop.”
“The fact that he was the first in the door doesn’t surprise me at all,” Buschow said, according to the Associated Press. “He’s just one of those guys that wouldn’t hesitate in a situation.”
On Thursday, thousands of mourners watched a 25-mile procession honoring Helus, who is survived by his wife and 24-year-old son.