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Twelve people including a police officer were killed by a gunman at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said. Several hundred people were inside the building, which was hosting a “college country night” for students, police said. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean described the incident at the Borderline Bar and Grill as a “tragic, tragic situation.”

Authorities confirmed that the shooter had been killed. The shooter has been identified by sources as 29-year-old Ian Long. The police officer that was killed was Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year police veteran with a wife and son who was looking to retire in the next year.¬†Helus, 54, arrived at the scene alongside a colleague from the California Highway Patrol.¬†After hearing more gunfire, Helus and the Highway Patrol officer entered the building and Helus “was struck multiple times with gunfire,” according to Dean.

The other officer went back into the building and dragged Helus out of the line of fire, but he died in the hospital hours later, the sheriff said.

A SWAT team, FBI and others officers arrived soon after. When they entered the building they found 11 people dead.

Source: Thousand Oaks shooting: At least 12 killed; suspected gunman also dead – CNN

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