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Gun­man kills 12 in­clud­ing deputy in crowded Cal­i­for­nia bar

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THOU­SAND OAKS, Calif., (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine Corps vet­eran opened fire on a crowd of mostly col­lege stu­dents and young adults danc­ing at a crowded coun­try and western bar in a sub­urb of Los An­ge­les late Wed­nes­day, killing 12 peo­ple in­clud­ing a sher­iff’s deputy.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean named the sus­pect, who was also killed, as Ian Long, aged 28. Dean told a news con­fer­ence Long had likely shot him­self.

He said he ap­peared to have shot at ran­dom, us­ing only a Glock .45-cal­iber hand­gun. There was no known mo­tive.

An un­known num­ber of peo­ple were wounded in the shoot­ing at the Border­line Bar and Grill, a pop­u­lar venue with col­lege stu­dents and young adults in the sub­urb of Thou­sand Oaks. Wed­nes­day was dubbed “Col­lege Coun­try Night”.

Dean said there were six off-duty law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from var­i­ous agen­cies in the bar when the shoot­ings oc­curred, and some sur­vivors said the law en­force­ment of­fi­cers stood in front of them to pro­tect them.

“It’s a hor­rific scene in there,” Dean said ear­lier. “There is blood ev­ery­where and the sus­pect is part of that.”

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”.

“IN­NO­CENT LIVES” 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.

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.”

Thou­sand Oaks was named the third­safest city in the United States for 2018 by the web­site Niche.

“I’ve learned it doesn’t mat­ter what com­mu­nity you’re in,” Dean told re­porters when asked if he was sur­prised this hap­pened in Thou­sand Oaks. “It doesn’t mat­ter how safe your com­mu­nity is. It can hap­pen any­where.”

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