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OffbeatHero broke window with barstool to help people escape Thousand Oaks shooting

21:50  08 november  2018
21:50  08 november  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus 'Died A Hero' In California Shooting

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus 'Died A Hero' In California Shooting Ventura Country Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus died "a hero" in Wednesday's shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, Sheriff Geoff Dean said. 

Multiple shooting victims in # ThousandOaks pic.twitter.com/QH9ucjNvFw. The alleged perpetrator then threw smoke bombs into the bar and continued shooting . Those who couldn’t escape the building took refuge in in restrooms and even crawl spaces in the attic, according to police.

Young people at the scene in Thousand Oaks , Calif., embraced each other early Thursday. The shooting at the popular country and western venue came just over a year after 58 people were killed at a country The rampage began late Wednesday at the popular music venue in Thousand Oaks .

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Active shooter wounds at least 6 at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks

Active shooter wounds at least 6 at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks Police were responding to reports of a mass shooting that left several people injured and may have led to casualties Wednesday night inside a Thousand Oaks bar.

THOUSAND OAKS , Calif. - - Thirteen people including a sheriff's deputy and the gunman were killed in a shooting in a crowded bar here late Wednesday night, reports CBS Los Angeles. Witnesses told the station some people broke windows to get out or smashed windows so others could flee.

Video: Bar shooting : 'I turned and saw him shoot '. A sheriff's deputy was killed after responding to the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks , about At least 30 shots were fired by the gunman, sending hundreds of people toward the exits with some breaking windows to escape .

A patron at the Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar where a gunman opened fire managed to help 30 people escape by shattering a window once the attack began.

Matt Wennerstrom used a barstool to break the window inside the Borderline Bar & Grill after he heard gunfire, he told ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate KABC.

“We probably pushed 30 or 35 people through that window," he told the outlet.

Twelve people, including Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus who had responded to the scene, were killed when the gunman — identified by authorities as Ian David Long — fired into the crowd.

The other 11 victims have not been identified.

Hero broke window with barstool to help people escape Thousand Oaks shooting© Mark J. Terrill / AP “All I did was grab as many people as I could and pull them underneath the table until I heard a break in the shots, and then we got people out of there, as much as we could,” Wennerstrom, who had blood on his shirt as he spoke to ABC, told the news station.

The 20-year-old Wennerstrom said he was a regular visitor at the bar. Borderline was hosting a “College Country” night when the attack occurred

“Our friends got the barstool and they started slamming it against the window so we can out,” one woman said, tearing up as she spoke to reporters. “That’s how we were able to get out. They broke the window.

Wennerstrom said all he was focused on was to “get as many people out of there as possible.”

Authorities said the gunman was dead when they arrived at the scene. It’s unclear if he took his own life.

After mass shooting claims at least 12 victims, relatives search for loved ones whose voices have gone silent.
Jason Coffman woke up about 1 a.m. to banging on his door. He thought it was the police. It was his 22-year-old son’s friends, who told him about the shooting at Borderline. They all were able to get out, but they hadn’t heard from Cody. He’d gone to the bar to get a round of drinks for everyone when gunfire erupted and chaos ensued. “He didn’t come out,” Coffman, 41, of Camarillo said. “They are assuming the worst.” Coffman said his son, who was about to join the Army, hasn’t answered his phone. By 3:40 a.m., he arrived at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center to search for him and report him missing. He emerged about 15 minutes later.

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