Social Media Thanks Customer Who Rescued Dozens In California Shooting

Emergency services at the scene

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office added, "Sergeant Ron Helus was shot and killed after responding to an active shooter at a bar".

It was just before 1am when Jason Coffman was told by some of his son's friends that there had been a shooting at Borderline Bar, a venue he knew his 22-year-old by Cody was at.

A neighbour, who would only identify himself by his last name, Hanson, said Long lived with his mother.

Officials say the suspect, who has not been identified, was found dead inside.

"We have no idea what the motive was at this time", Dean said. "We haven't found any correlation", the sheriff said. The U.S. Marine Corps released Long's service record, which said he served from 2008 to 2013, and his ranking was a corporal as a machine gunner, ABC News reported.

A college country music night was underway when the suspect apparently threw a smoke grenade into the crowd before opening fire with at least one weapon.

An American flag hung on the garage at Long's home on Thursday as law enforcement gathered outside.

"Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff's sergeant", said Dean, trying to hold back tears.

"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".

"If the Lord took him away, we know that he's in a better place", he said.

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The first reports of shots fired came in around 11:15 p.m. California time Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Helus was among the first to arrive on the scene, entering the bar with a California Highway Patrol officer.

"Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this", Dean said.

A witness to the shootings, Taylor Von Molt, 21, who said she was a promotor at the bar, said the gunman wore a black mask with a bandana covering the bottom of his face, and a black hoodie.

At an earlier news conference Sheriff Dean's voice cracked as he spoke about Sgt. Helus, "He went in to save lives.

It sounded like fireworks or something", said witness John Hedge, according to NBC News.

Nick Steinwender, Cal Lutheran student body president, told KTLA-TV he immediately started receiving messages about the shooting, and he and his roommate went to the scene to offer rides back to campus or moral support.

'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.

'As soon as I heard the shots I knew exactly what was going on, ' Wennerstrom said.'I turned and saw a dark figure, and chose to get out of there as soon as I could'.

"A lot of my friends survived Route 91". She said she hid with a group of strangers and they were holding hands. He spent 29 years on the force, and he was planning on retiring next year. he leaves behind a wife and son.

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