Dead Including Sheriff's Sergeant and Suspect in Shooting in Southern California Bar

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President Donald Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning that he was "fully briefed" on the shooting.

Dean said Long was armed with a single handgun, a.45 caliber Glock 21, which he purchased legally. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are on scene. Dean told reporters that there was no indication the suspect was targeting bar employees. Long used an extended magazine for the weapon, Dean said. "Maybe there was a motive for this particular night, but we have no information leading to that at all".

Speaking at a news conference today, the sheriff said the suspect had been identified as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Within 15 minutes, other officers arrived.

"You could tell he really had a heart for what he did", she said, sobbing. A mental health specialist met with him and didn't feel he needed to be hospitalized.

Police officers are working to secure the scene of crime amid reports of "multiple injuries", the Ventura County Fire Department had said earlier. I knew it was live.

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Hanson described Long as an introvert and said he was "dumbfounded" by the massacre. When he arrived, Sergeant Helus heard gunfire coming from inside the bar, which was occupied by almost 200 college students.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant", Dean said, choking back tears. That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital.

By the time officers entered the bar again, the gunfire had stopped, according to the sheriff. 'I know where I'm going when I die, so I wasn't anxious to sacrifice myself'.

"I don't know how to console or what to say to the other people who are going to go through the same thing as I am".

Long's only other contact with authorities came after a traffic collision and after he alleged he was the victim of a violent encounter in 2015 at another bar in Thousand Oaks, the sheriff said.

Deputies say many people fled the bar after shots rang out.

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Hundreds of people were attending a college night at the Borderline Bar & Grill - about 65 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles - when the gunman opened fire Wednesday night.

Kelly said Borderline had become a safe haven for dozens of Vegas survivors: "It is our home".

"I heard a gunshot, I turned around and I saw him shoot a couple more times", student Teylor Whittler, 19, told CNN affiliate KABC.

"This is not going to be easy for our family for a very long time", he said. "I know we don't have all the details in yet, but you know, it just feels like it's an attack on our community".

"I think everyone was in so much of a shock that it was sheer panic", Whittler said.

Another of those phones belonged to missing Pepperdine University freshman Alaina Housley, 18. "He took decisive action, and it's just a tragic loss for us", Buschow said.

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

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