Gunman and 12 others dead in California bar shooting

Active shooter multiple victims reported in mass shooting at California bar

Active shooter multiple victims reported in mass shooting at California bar

The witness, who escaped unharmed with his stepson, said he saw the gunman shoot multiple people. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out.

A Ventura County Sheriff's Office official said approximately 30 shots had been fired inside the building.

Police had multiple run-ins with Long in the past, Dean said.

Anxious family members gathered at a teen center in town to await word on the fate of loved ones who had gone to the club. "Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this hard time", the department added. "But I've learned, it doesn't matter what community you're in, it doesn't matter how safe your community is".

The bloodshed was the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of mass shootings that are happening with terrifying frequency across the United States.

Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - where 17 were killed in February - have taken up a public campaign for gun law reform in recent months but little in the way of change has emerged from legislators. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

US President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he has been "fully briefed on the bad shooting".

Long was armed with a Glock 21, a.45-caliber pistol created to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber, according to the sheriff. Dean said there was "blood everywhere" inside the bar.

Authorities have urged the public to avoid the area and that roads are being blocked.

"There's no indication that he targeted the employees".

Sheriff Dean added Long obtained the murder weapon - a Glock 21.45 calibre handgun - legally, but the weapon had an illegal magazine extension.

Ian David Long served in the Marines for almost five years, including a seven-month tour in Afghanistan. They responded to a call at a house in April where the suspect was acting irrationally. "And I knew it was real".

"We must find a way to stop the senseless, and many times preventable killings that are robbing our country of innocent lives", he said on Twitter. He said he was "dumbfounded" by the bloodshed. National Guard members were assisting, as well.

A procession for slain deputy Sgt. Ron Helus is being planned for 1 p.m. ET, Capt. Garo Kuredjian, spokesperson of Ventura County Sheriff's Office, tells CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS.

Police said a highway patrol officer and another policeman, Sergeant Ron Helus, entered the bar after hearing gunshots.

Helus died at about 2 Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks.

The alleged shooter's motive is unknown at this time, Dean said.

A police officer, described as a sheriff's sergeant, and the gunman are among the 13 confirmed to have died.

Asked what the scene inside the bar was like, Sheriff Dean said, "Like ... hell".

Officers were called to Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, at around 11.20pm local time.

The bar was holding its regular "College Country Nights" on Wednesday night when the gunman dressed in black opened fire inside the bar.

Nick Steinwender, student body president at nearby California Lutheran University, rushed to the scene when he heard about a shooting at the bar where he knew friends and fellow students were inside. And then one of the guys who was there started throwing tables out the window and they picked us up and they threw me and my girlfriend out the window.

Pepperdine University freshman Alaina Housley, 18, was at the bar with several friends for a night of line dancing. "Those are my people and it's just not fair, it's not fair", she said.

"But unfortunately, you go into the unknown, you know there's shots being fired, obviously the suspect was in there and ready for him, " he said. My son thought it was a joke, so I pulled him down and got some cover. "There was an exit right next to me, so I went through that".

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