13 die at Cal­i­for­nia bar shoot­ing

Western Morning News - - Uk And World News -

Thir­teen peo­ple have died, in­clud­ing a sher­iff ’s sergeant and the gun­man, af­ter a shoot­ing in­side a crowded South­ern Cal­i­for­nia bar.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said sher­iff ’s Sergeant Ron Helus re­sponded to the scene and was shot af­ter he en­tered the build­ing. He died at a hospi­tal early on Thurs­day but au­thor­i­ties did not say how the gun­man died.

Mr Helus was a 29-year vet­eran of the force with a wife and son and planned to re­tire in the com­ing year, said the sher­iff, who choked back tears sev­eral times as he talked about the sergeant who was also his long-time friend.

“Ron was a hard­work­ing, ded­i­cated sher­iff ’s sergeant who was to­tally com­mit­ted,” Mr Dean said.

“And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero be­cause he went in to save lives.”

Mr Dean said around 10 other peo­ple were shot and wounded.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice Cap­tain Garo Kured­jian said the first re­ports of shots fired came around 11.20pm lo­cal time.

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