Cop among 12 killed in LA bar shoot­ing

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Reuters)

A GUN­MAN killed 12 peo­ple in­clud­ing a sher­iff’s deputy when he opened fire on rev­el­ers in a crowded coun­try and western bar in Los An­ge­les late on Wed­nes­day night, po­lice said.

The gun­man was also killed, Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean told a news con­fer­ence early yes­ter­day, though it was not im­me­di­ately clear by whom.

An un­known num­ber of peo­ple were wounded after the shoot­ing at the Bor­der­line Bar and Grill, a pop­u­lar venue with col­lege stu­dents and lo­cal young adults for par­ties and danc­ing in the sub­urb of Thou­sand Oaks. It was the third mass shoot­ing in the United States in un­der two weeks, six days after the death of two women at a yoga class in Tal­la­has­see, Florida, and 12 days after a gun­man killed 11 wor­ship­pers at a syn­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh, shout­ing “All Jews must die.”

“It’s a hor­rific scene in there,” Dean said. “There is blood ev­ery­where and the sus­pect is part of that. We don’t know who shot any­body at this point.”

The dead of­fi­cer was iden­ti­fied as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year vet­eran of the de­part­ment, Dean told re­porters. Helus and a Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cer were the first to ar­rive at the bar. After a lull of about 15 min­utes, more of­fi­cers went in­side and found the sus­pected gun­man dead of a gun­shot wound. It was not clear whether he killed him­self or was killed by of­fi­cers, Dean said.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who has re­sisted a surge in calls for tougher gun con­trols since 17 stu­dents were shot dead at Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Florida ear­lier this year, said on Twit­ter that he had been “fully briefed on the ter­ri­ble shoot­ing in Cal­i­for­nia.”

“Great brav­ery shown by po­lice,” Trump tweeted. “God bless all of the vic­tims and fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.”

Jerry Nadler, the top Demo­crat on the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, said law­mak­ers would get to work on leg­is­la­tion in­clud­ing uni­ver­sal back­ground checks when the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­venes in Jan­uary with a Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity. “We must find a way to stop the sense­less, and many times pre­ventable killings that are rob­bing our coun­try of in­no­cent lives,” he tweeted.

A wit­ness to the shoot­ings, Tay­lor Von Molt, 21, who said she was a pro­mo­tor at the bar, said the gun­man wore a black mask with a ban­dana cov­er­ing the bot­tom of his face, and a black hoodie.

She thought it was a bal­loon. “Then I saw him fire his weapon. I ran to the near­est exit and tripped and peo­ple kept run­ning on top of me.”

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