USA bar gunman posted on social media during attack that killed 12

California bar shooting ‘We believe he shot himself’ says sheriff

California bar shooting ‘We believe he shot himself’ says sheriff

On Wednesday night, the former machine gunner, dressed all in black with his hood pulled up, opened fire with a handgun at the Borderline Bar & Grill during college night, then apparently killed himself as scores of police officers closed in.

Media captionJason Coffman: "The last thing I said was 'Son, I love you'".

"Hits very close to home, and to Adam and the rest of his family, I know they're grieving a lot now", Hemmer said.

Helus was one of the first two law enforcement officers to arrive shortly after 11:20 p.m.

He served in Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011, officials say, and was found dead at the scene.

Kelly, a Marine, was able to escape out the back with friends. In a Rolling Stone cover story, Eric Church, a headliner at the Route 91 Harvest festival, said he knew he would get backlash for criticizing the NRA, and he didn't care.

Roughly 15 minutes later, a second group of law enforcement personnel had gathered and entered the bar. "To save other people".

"It's devastating. It's like 'welcome to hell, '" resident Cynthia Ball, said about the duel disasters outside the teen center that is serving as a shelter for evacuees.

"That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital. He was totally committed", the sheriff said. He gave his all. Long's friends said he would often go to the Borderline Bar & Grill. But a mental health specialist who assessed Long after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about his agitated behavior last spring anxious he might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "That's a small piece of solace for the family knowing their father, their husband, ran into danger and saved lives".

"This is going to absolutely crush those two boys", Coffman said. "And he didn't come last night", she told the Times.

"He was just a great guy, a gentle soul", Buschow said.

His military service lasted almost five years, and he was honourably discharged with the rank of corporal in 2013, the Pentagon 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.

"To describe it as heroic", he trailed off for about a minute, as he stood about 300 feet from the bar.

Before finding out about his son's death, Jason said he was trying to prepare for the worst.

He is survived by his wife and adult son.

In a chilling final Facebook post, the war vet who massacred 12 people in a California bar ranted about mass shootings and the "hopes and prayers" commonly offered to victims after them, according to a report.

That was the powerful emotional demand from Susan Orfanos after her 27-year-old son Telemachus was killed in the mass shooting Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California that left more than a dozen dead and many more wounded.

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