In bar gun rampage
people behind a pool table and helped others shield students with their bodies.
When the gunman paused to reload, Mr Wennerstrom used a bar stool to shatter a window and help about 30 people escape.
“All I wanted to do was get as many people out of there as possible,” he told KABC-TV. “I know where I’m going if I die, so I was not worried.”
The tragedy left a community listed as one of the safest cities in the US reeling. Shootings are rare in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 65km from Los Angeles.
Jason Coffman cried for his dead son Cody, 22, who was about to join the army.
Mr Coffman broke down as he revealed his last words to Cody were not to drink and drive and that he loved him.
It was the US’s most deadly attack since 17 students and teachers died at a Florida high school in February and came less than two weeks after a gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, lamented the attack.
“You can’t go to a bar or nightclub? You can’t go to church or synagogue? It’s insane is the only way to describe it,” he said.
POLICE HONOURS: Police lead a motorcade taking the body of slain officer Sgt Ron Helus from the hospital.