The shooting took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Borderline Bar and Grill is a country music bar and was hosting “college country night” for college students.
The suspect was described as a 29-year-old white male, who is heavily tattooed. He was armed with a single handgun. The suspect was also found shot dead. Authorities have not disclosed how the suspect was killed.
According media reports, a report of shots fired came in around 11:20 pm. A Ventura County Sheriff Deputy, 29 year veteran Sgt. Ron Helus and a CHP officer arrived on scene and entered the bar. Helus was shot multiple times. The CHP officer was able to drag Helus out of the bar. Helus later died at the hospital.
SWAT officers and the FBI arrived shortly after and found 11 people, including the suspect were killed. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said “They found people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics,” Dean said. Other witnesses described people using bar stools to break windows and escape. “It’s a horrific scene in there, there’s blood everywhere.”
A single shooter was also found killed by a gunshot wound, Dean said, adding that it was unclear exactly who had killed the suspect. “We don’t know who shot anybody at this point,” he said.