At approximately 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, authorities received multiple calls regarding a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, where a college night dance was being held. In the aftermath: 13 confirmed dead, including the gunman and Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was the first to respond to the scene.
Sgt. Helus was a 29-year veteran with plans to retire soon, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. A procession from Thousand Oaks to Ventura saw thousands gathering along freeway bridges and the 101 Freeway as Hulus was transported to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office early Thursday morning.
Known victims as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8:
Sgt. Ron Helus, 54
Sean Adler, 48
Cody Coffman, 22
Justin Meek, 23
Alaina Housley, 18
Noel Sparks, 21
Blake Dingam, 21
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean identified Ian David Long, 28, of Newbury Park as the suspected gunman. Long, a Marine Corps veteran, allegedly entered Borderline in a dark hoodie and mask, armed with what Dean said was a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine that he had purchased legally. Long opened fire on the crowd of hundreds and shot Sgt. Hulus before turning the gun on himself, according to authorities.
In April, police were called to Long’s home after neighbors reported loud banging noises coming from the residence. Dean said during a press conference that Long had been acting irrationally. Long was not arrested or cited for the incident.
By morning, news crews had gathered across the street from Borderline, including KCLU, KVTA, CBS and at least two crews reporting back to Germany and France. Throughout Thousand Oaks, hundreds of people arrived to donate blood for the wounded.
A Community Vigil will be held tonight in Thousand Oaks beginning at 5 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.