Thousand Oaks Shooting: 13 Killed At Borderline Bar & Grill, Including Gunman, Ian David Long

Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow, as well as Sheriff Geoff Dean, said they did not want to count the suspect among the 12 victims.

One survivor was wounded by gunfire, and as many as 15 others suffered minor injuries from jumping out windows or diving under tables, authorities said.

IDENTITIES OF VICTIMS RELEASED

Names of the people who lost their lives in the shooting began trickling out Thursday afternoon.

The death of Cody Coffman, 22, of Camarillo, was confirmed by his father.

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The other confirmed victims included Justin Meek, 23, a graduate of California Lutheran University; Sean Adler, 48; Blake Dingman, 21; Noel Sparks, 21; Daniel Manrique, 33; Jake Dunham, 21; Telemachus Orfanos, 27; and Kristina Morisette, age not yet released, who a close friend said worked as a cashier at the bar, and Mark Meza.

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"Sister Sister" actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband released a statement confirming that their niece, Alaina Housley, was among those killed.

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Sgt. Ron Helus, 54, was killed responding to the shooting and trying to get patrons to safety.

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Long's gun, which appears to be a .45-caliber handgun, was purchased legally, according to ABC News. The Associated Press reports that he also deployed a smoke device.

Long lived in the 800-block of Newbury Park with his mother, about 5 miles from the shooting scene.

He appeared to have trouble adjusting to life after his deployment to Afghanistan. He was discharged honorably in 2013, and got divorced that same year. He was being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Deputies responded last April to the home over a call of a family disturbance. Mental health specialists talked to the suspect that day and cleared him, Dean said. Law enforcement officials are now at the Newbury Park home as part of the ongoing investigation.

Perhaps because he was a military marksman, almost every person he shot was killed unlike most mass shootings, in which many are often injured by stray gunfire.

TERRIFIED PATRONS FLEE GUNFIRE

Investigators said five unarmed off-duty police officers were inside the bar when gunfire erupted, and helped to usher patrons to safety.

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The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at Borderline Bar & Grill at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive. Ventura County sheriff's officials said deputies initially responded to multiple reports of shots fired at the popular establishment.

Sheriff Geoff Dean said the gunman immediately shot a security guard after entering the bar, turned to the right and shot several other security officials, employees and patrons.

Two friends of the murdered security guard told ABC News he had survived the Las Vegas mass shooting. One of those friends was with him at the concert. They said they are heartbroken and completely crushed by this loss.

Authorities said hundreds of people were inside the bar when the gunfire rang out. In an interview, Buschow came close to tears and said he knows the sergeant who died.

"It's been a rough night for all of us," he said.

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Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Dean said. The highway patrolman pulled Helus out, then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived. Helus died early Thursday at a hospital.

By the time officers entered the bar again, the gunfire had stopped, according to the sheriff.

Dean also said in his 41 years in law enforcement, he'd never experienced a mass shooting. He described the scene as "blood everywhere." He later revealed the massacre happened on his last day serving as sheriff.

"I never thought I would see the things around the country that would happen, but I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in, it doesn't matter how safe your community is, it can happen anywhere," he said.

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Helus was transported at 10 a.m. via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office in the city of Ventura.

Firefighters honored Helus with a giant U.S. flag raised by two ladder trucks over the route. People lined the streets as the hearse went by.

PHOTOS: Deadly shooting in Thousand Oaks nightclub

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President Donald Trump tweeted that he was "fully briefed on the terrible shooting." He praised law enforcement, saying "Great bravery shown by police" and said "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims."

I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018

....Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018

Witness John Hedge, of Moorpark, said he saw the suspect throwing smoke bombs into the front of the restaurant, located off Moorpark Road near the 101 Freeway. He also said he saw one security guard get shot.

"I was at the front door and I was talking to my stepdad. I just started hearing these big pops. Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground. I look up, the security guard is dead. Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot.

"He was down. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. I saw him point to the back of the cash register...and he just kept firing. I ran out the front door," he said.

Hedge added that there may have been about 12 shots by the time he got out of the door. He described the gunman as having a beard and wearing a hat, black jacket and possibly glasses.

We have sent patrol and SWAT resources to assist with the incident in Thousand Oaks. We will continue to monitor and provide whatever resources are requested. Please keep the victims in your thoughts & prayers.

— Oxnard Police Dept. (@OxnardPD1903) November 8, 2018

"I thought it was a joke when the shots started firing. I know people there. I hope everybody's O.K. I don't know how I didn't get shot," the man said.

Tim, Hedge's stepfather, who was in tears, said he was next to the entrance about to leave after playing pool when smoke came into the room.

"He fired the first shot. I knew it was live. I knew it was real. My son thought it was a joke so I pulled him down and got some cover. I looked up and he was moving to the right. He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man. Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl.

"Then he started moving to the right. He wasn't looking at us. Then he went into the office, where all the cash and stuff is. He didn't say anything at all. He just started shooting," he said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including Simi Valley and Oxnard police, arrived to help sheriff's deputies and SWAT officers. FBI agents also descended on the scene.

We have sent patrol and SWAT resources to assist with the incident in Thousand Oaks. We will continue to monitor and provide whatever resources are requested. Please keep the victims in your thoughts & prayers.

— Oxnard Police Dept. (@OxnardPD1903) November 8, 2018

FBI agents were also at the scene.

The country bar is located near the 101 Freeway off Moorpark Road.

The website for Borderline showed that Wednesday nights are College Country Nights that last from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Colleges near the club are California Lutheran University and California State University, Channel Islands, as well as Moorpark, Ventura and Oxnard College.

"Unfortunately our young people, people at nightclubs, have learned that this may happen, and they think about that," the sheriff said. "Fortunately it helped save a lot of lives that they fled the scene so rapidly."

Students from Pepperdine University in Malibu also often attend College Country Nights. The school later confirmed that at least 16 of its students were in the venue at the time of the incident. They said only one of those students was unaccounted for -- until it was learned victim Alaina Housley, who was a freshman at the campus, was killed.

Statement from @pepperdine regarding reported mass shooting at #Borderline in #ThousandOaks. Confirms several #Pepperdine students were there tonight along with students from colleges and community colleges all over the area. Pepp‘s my alma mater. Just awful. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/ilcQx7WHu1

— Greg Lee (@abc7greg) November 8, 2018

Aside from victim Justin Meek, it's unclear how many other students from California Lutheran University were at the bar during the shooting. The campus sent an alert to students that all classes are canceled for the day.

A family unification center was set up at 1375 E. Janss Road, where several devastated families waited to hear news about their loved ones.

An emergency hotline has been established at (805) 465-6650.

An Emergency Information Hotline to assist locating people that may have been involved in the #BorderLineShooting incident has been established by @Venturaoes: at 805-465-6650

— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) November 8, 2018

Multiple blood drives are being held to help the victims of the shooting. To learn more on how to help those affected,

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One of her rescuers, Matt Wennerstrom, used a bar stool to break a window. He pulled Savannah and her friend out along with about 30 other people.

Much of the crowd included college students from three nearby universities, including Pepperdine. Petey DiCianni, who is from west suburban Elmhurst, was supposed to be out with a group at the Borderline bar. But at the last minute he decided to stay home and do school work.

"I immediately called one of my friends that was there," he said. "And she was in the hospital because she punched through a window to get out of the club."

But one of his friends did not make it out alive. DiCianni was friends with Alaina Housley, who was killed.

"Thank god he wasn't there," said his father Pete DiCianni, who spoke to ABC 7 Chicago at O'Hare airport. He was on his way to California to be there for his son, and brought along some homemade chocolate chip cookies.

"I want to be out there for moral support," he said. "As a dad, if these were my friends I would be a basket case."

Lawmakers said this tragedy may have been prevented in Illinois thanks to a new law on the books that mandate health care providers report patients receiving mental health treatment so they are unable to get a Firearms Owner Identification, or FOID, card. It's possible that the California shooter may not have been able to legally own a gun in Illinois.

WLS-TV and the ABC 7 I-Team contributed to this report.

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