13 Dead in Mass Shooting at Southern California Bar

Collin Farrell, Student Journalist

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On Wednesday, November 7th, 13 people were confirmed dead, including a deputy who responded to the incident and the shooter, in a bar just west of Los Angeles, California.

Calls began to come in at 11:20 P.M. to the police station, and first responders arrived at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousands Oaks, California in minutes. Police officer Sargent Ron Helus, who first arrived to the bar, engaged in a shootout with the active shooter. Helus was shot in the shootout after shooting and killing the suspect, and later died in the hospital. Police confirmed there was a smoke device used by the suspect during the shooting. The shooter was identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a veteran Marine who was said to have severe post traumatic stress disorder caused by his background in the military, and was found dead at the scene. Along with the 13 deaths, 10 to 15 other individuals were injured, a small number compared to the hundreds of people in the bar who were in attendance for ¨College Country Night.¨ Helus was a 29-year veteran officer who was set to retire next year. The bar was popular for students at Pepperdine University, located just 20 minutes from the University’s main campus. Pepperdine University confirms some of its students were in attendance for ¨College County Night,¨ but they will continue classes as usual today, and that counselors will be available to students.

A prayer service is planned for today, at 12:00 P.M. PST. The sheriff’s office set up an emergency information hotline to help people find friends and loved ones. Their number is 805-465-6650.

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