Dead After California Shooting At Popular Nightspot, Police Say

In this image made from aerial video police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks California early Thursday Nov. 8 2018. Authorities say there were multiple injuries _ including one officer _ after a man opened fire in S

A college country night at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, turned deadly late Wednesday when 28-year-old Ian Long reportedly forced his way in and opened fire on the young people gathered there.

The gunman was found dead.

"It's a horrific scene", Sheriff Geoff Dean said yesterday.

"It's got to change", said Gavin Newsom, governor-elect of California, at a news briefing on Thursday. "It can happen anywhere". "He didn't have to but he did it because it was in his blood", one person said.

"We have had several contacts with Mr Long over the years, minor events, a traffic collision", Dean told a news conference.

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood over his head and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations at the scene.

Authorities said the.45 caliber Glock handgun used in the shooting was legally purchased.

"They ran out of the back doors, they broke windows, they went through windows".

On Thursday, authorities provided an update on the shooting. Dean also said they responded to an incident at his home in April. It's unclear whether the magazine was legally purchased.

He first shot and killed someone working security then entered the building and shot several more people just inside before continuing his killing spree. Nine months ago, another mass shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The wounded police officer was taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries. Tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero.

Additional units, including SWAT personnel arrived on the scene minutes later and found 11 victims and the deceased gunman. According to the bar's website, a "College Country" night was going on at the time of the shooting. Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside.

Eventually, he was told to wait at a centre with other parents of unaccounted for children.

Cody Coffman, 22, was the oldest son of Jason Coffman, who confirmed his death amid sobs in an interview with reporters.

"We were just at the bar, having fun, dancing", she told reporters.

He attained the rank of corporal and saw combat while deployed in Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011. It was not clear whether he killed himself or was killed by officers, Dean said.

Police have not identified a motive. A mental health crisis team determined at that time that he should not be taken into custody, the AP reported.

Thousand Oaks, a leafy, sprawling suburb of 127,000 people, was named the third safest city in the United States for 2018 by the Niche research company.

"Great bravery shown by police", Trump tweeted.

Dean says the report of the shooting came as Helus was on the phone with his wife. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims.

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