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People comfort each other as they sit near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mass shooting at California bar's 'College Country Night' leaves 13 dead, including suspect

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Updated November 08, 2018 03:56 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Community leaders in Thousand Oaks, California, have established a fund to aid victims of the mass shooting that killed a dozen people at a country music dance event at a local bar.

Officials on Thursday announced the establishment of the Conejo Valley Victims Fund. It was launched with a $100,000 donation from the locally based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and $250,000 from the Amgen biotechnology company, which is headquartered in Thousand Oaks.

The fund is being administered through the Ventura County Community Foundation and can be found on its website at https://vccf.org/

Officials say 100 percent of the funds donated will go to aid victims' families.

Updated November 08, 2018 03:08 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jason Coffman sobbed as he told reporters that authorities told him that his oldest son Cody Coffman was killed in the shooting.

Father reveals son was killed in California mass shooting

Jason Coffman said he talked to his 22-year-old son just before he went to the bar Wednesday night.

He says he told his son not to drink and drive and that the last thing he said to his son was: "I love you."

Coffman says his son leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter and that he was the big brother that his two younger brothers and soon-to-be-born daughter needed.

Updated November 08, 2018 12:57 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of Thousand Oaks, California, says next-of-kin notifications are being prepared about the people who were killed and injured at the mass shooting inside a bar in the city.

Mayor Andrew Fox says it is going to be a "very difficult day for many people."

Twelve people were shot and killed late Wednesday by the gunman who opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill, which was holding a weekly country music dance night for college students.

A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant who responded to the shooting has been identified as among the dead. The names of the other 11 people who were slain have not been made public.

The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long. He also was found dead and is believed to have killed himself.

Updated November 08, 2018 12:54 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar was a Marine who served one combat tour in Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps says 28-year-old Ian David Long was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months, from Nov. 16, 2010, to June 14, 2011.

He was in the Marines from August 2008 until March 2013, serving as a machine gunner and earning the rank of corporal in August 2011.

The Marine Corps says Long earned several awards, including a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Authorities say Long opened fire during college night at a Thousand Oaks country music bar on Wednesday night, killing 12 and sending hundreds fleeing before apparently taking his own life.

Updated November 08, 2018 10:18 AM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified the suspect in a mass shooting at a Southern California bar as 28-year-old Ian David Long.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says Long is believed to have killed himself late Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks.

Dean says his department had several previous contacts with the former Marine including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

The sheriff says a mental health crisis team was called at that time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.

Dean says the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of a battery at a bar.

Long was found dead in the Borderline Bar and Grill after 12 people were shot to death late Wednesday.

Updated November 08, 2018 08:30 AM EST

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A law enforcement official says authorities have identified the gunman and the handgun he used to kill 12 people at a Southern California bar.

The official told The Associated Press the man was 29 years old and deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun when he opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles.

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The official declined to provide any other details, speaking on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to publicly discuss the investigation.

Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn't say anything as he fired inside the bar. Hundreds of people fled, some breaking windows and jumping out of second-floor windows to escape.

Updated November 08, 2018 06:29 AM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A sheriff says 13 people are dead, including a sheriff's sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. He died at a hospital early Thursday.

Authorities did not say how the gunman died.

Dean says around 10 other people were shot and wounded. No other information on the victims was immediately known.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

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The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred.

By KRYSTA FAURIA, Associated Press

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," killing 11 people. A deputy who rushed to the scene as well as the suspect were also killed, police said.

The total amount of people dead including the deputy and suspect is at 13.

Kuredjian said hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11:20 p.m., and shots were still being fired when deputies arrived.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was inside the bar when a gunman walked in with his face partly covered by something resembling a ski mask, opened fire on a person working the door, then began to shoot people at random.

"It was really, really really shocking," Whitler told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline parking lot. "It looked like he knew what he was doing."

It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, people hopping over gates to get out."
Nick Steinwender, California Lutheran University student body president

It has been "quite some time" since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

Nick Steinwender, student body president at nearby California Lutheran University, rushed to the scene when he heard about a shooting at the bar where he knew friends and fellow students were inside.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, people hopping over gates to get out," Steinwender told KABC.

He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in bathrooms and the attic of the bar.

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AP journalist Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.

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