The bar is also a popular hangout spot for students from California Lutheran University and was also close to other universities including California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo and Moorpark College in Moorpark. The report notes that some people used bar stools to break the windows to try to escape the rampage.
The University has determined that multiple Pepperdine students were on site at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. At this time, the University is working to identify and provide support to those students. (1/2)— Pepperdine University (@pepperdine) November 8, 2018
“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a news conference. “There’s blood everywhere.”It is unclear how exactly the shooter died. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was attempting to help when he was shot after entering the building. According to the report, Helus and a highway patrolman responded to multiple 911 calls when they arrived at the bar at 11:20 p.m. Upon hearing gunfire, they went inside. Helus was immediately struck multiple times, and died at a hospital. There were also “multiple other victims,” with various levels of injury, according to the sheriff, who described the shooting as a “tragic, tragic situation.”
The shooting, according to USA Today, is the deadliest in the United States since 17 students and teachers were killed in Parkland, Fla. back in February. It also comes less than two weeks after a gunman killed 11 worshippers in a synagogue in Pennsylvania.Early Thursday morning President Donald Trump tweeted out that he was aware of the “terrible shooting.”
I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
….Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018