In bar gun ram­page

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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.

Pic­tures: AFP, AP

PO­LICE HON­OURS: Po­lice lead a mo­tor­cade taking the body of slain of­fi­cer Sgt Ron Helus from the hospi­tal.

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