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Authorities responded to a report of an active shooter at a Thousand Oaks nightclub

Authorities responded to a report of an active shooter at a Thousand Oaks nightclub

Police identified 28-year-old Ian David Long as the suspect in the shooting at a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar that left at least 13 dead, including the suspected gunman.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", Dean said, choking back a few tears and clearing his throat. Fifty to 60 families gathered at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center in search of missing loved ones. "I love you. I'll talk to you later", Dean said of the conversation.

This was the deadliest mass killing in the US since the massacre in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2017.

It was the nation's deadliest such attack since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago.

A tearful Jason Coffman told reporters on Thursday that his son Cody had been killed in the horrific shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill.

Long used a.45 caliber Glock handgun, which was purchased legally, Dean said.

Law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders, along with several ambulances, additional units from the California Highway Patrol, Simi Valley and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reached the spot soon after the shooting was reported.

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

"We have no idea what the motive was at this point". Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, with a deployment in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011, military records show. A mental health specialist met with him and didn't feel he needed to be hospitalized.

"Some of his girlfriends got out but they didn't know where Cody was, I'm sure he was there helping, shielding anybody that he could".

Hanson said the sheriff's deputy who arrived took his information, but he never learned more about what happened and hadn't spoken to Long since then. He was described as wearing a "black shirt, black hat, and black glasses", and was covered in tattoos. When he arrived, Sergeant Helus heard gunfire coming from inside the bar, which was occupied by almost 200 college students. That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital.

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"Losing Ron, we go to the gym together and work out together", Dean said.

Dean said the slain deputy was on the phone with his wife before telling her he had to go respond to a scene.

"He said, 'Hon, I got to go, I love you". Between eight and 15 people suffered minor injuries and one person was a gunshot wound, Dean said at the news conference.

Hundreds of people were attending a college night at the Borderline Bar & Grill - about 65 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles - when the gunman opened fire Wednesday night.

A witness told KABC-TV that there were many young people "having a great time" in the bar when a man entered and "started shooting".

"It's going to be a very somber day", Steinwender said. I knew it was real. "You don't think it's real - again", he said.

"It's been a rough night for all of us", Buschow said, according to the report.

"That poor boy would come with me whether he liked it or not", he said. "I just can't imagine what they're going through right now". That exit leads to a patio where people smoke.

'All I did was grab as many people as I could and pull them underneath the table until I heard a break in the shots, and then we got people out of there, as much as we could, ' he added. He was accompanied by an officer from the California Highway Patrol on his way into the building.

Another Pepperdine student, Peyton Lee, said the students there can take some comfort in knowing their friend is at peace.

The gunman was found dead. "He looked like he knew what he was doing".

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