California shooting: what we know about the gunman

Shooting reported at California bar

The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a veteran sheriff's sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

- The gunman who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a former military machine gunner who was interviewed by mental health specialists earlier this year after a neighbor reported a disturbance.

He attained the rank of corporal and saw combat while deployed in Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011.

"He had ideal form", bar patron Teylor Whittler told Fox News. "He looked like he knew what he was doing".

Many Rams players, coaches and staff members settled in the Thousand Oaks area after the team returned to Southern California from St. Louis in 2016.

Long was found dead by police in an office at the bar and is believed to have shot himself, Dean said.

Police described the scene as "horrific" and said there was blood everywhere.

Dean said the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of battery at a bar. "Acting a little irrationally", he said.

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He said both they both managed to escape.

The gunman entered the California bar dressed in black and armed with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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 longtime friend.

This violence came just days after 11 people were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue, months after 17 students and staff were massacred in a high school at Parkland, Florida, and a year after 84 people were killed in rampages in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas. Dean said Helus was the first to go in and was immediately hit with multiple gunshots. "We have no idea what the motive was at this point", Dean said.

"I got concerned, so I called the sheriffs", neighbor Tom Hanson said outside his home Thursday as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Long's house. The weapon usually holds 10 rounds and one in the chamber, but the gunman used an extended magazine in this shooting, Dean said.

Speaking at press conference in the wee hours of Thursday, a sheriff said that around a dozen other people had been injured.

"But unfortunately, you go into the unknown, you know there's shots being fired, obviously the suspect was in there and ready for him", he said. Coffman told reporters later Thursday that his son just wanted to be a good big brother to his siblings.

"All of a sudden we heard the "bang, bang" of the gunshots and it just started going insane and people were pushing".

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