12 Killed In Mass Shooting At Country Bar

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Just after 11:20 p.m., Los Angeles 911 dispatchers were flooded with calls of a mass shooting at a country bar in a suburb of Los Angeles. Responders were there within minutes, but tragically 11 people inside the bar and one heroic sheriff’s sergeant were killed in this horrible attack.

Thousand Oaks, California – the city where this horrific shooting took place (just barely more than a year after the Route 91 Festival shooting in Las Vegas) is known to be one of the safest cities in the nation.

According to a report by local news agency KTLA 5, the 28-year-old gunman opened fire on employees and security personnel first and then turned on the massive crowd of hundreds – people who were there for the bar’s weekly college night just trying to have fun.

The victims of this unspeakable act by a truly evil person were college students from local Pepperdine University, friends, family, neighbors, loved ones, and young adults. They were folks who had plans to go home for the holidays, to graduate next year, to get married. They had their whole lives ahead of them, but it was snatched away in an instant by one person’s cowardly act.

The sheriff’s sergeant who was killed in the shooting has been named a hero for his selfless act and dedication to saving people’s lives.

Seargent Ron Helus – A 29-Year Sheriff’s Dept. Veteran

Sgt. Helus worked with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for nearly three decades and was just a year away from retirement when he stepped into the middle of this horrific act and engaged the shooter to keep him from killing more people.

“I told his wife he died a hero,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said, choking back tears. “He went in to save lives, to save people.”

Sheriff's Sergeant Killed in Shooting

Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year member of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, was killed as he tried to save others from a gunman who opened fire at a Thousand Oaks bar. Sheriff Geoff Dean made the heart-breaking announcement at a morning news conference. http://4.nbcla.com/Jb3nLkD

Posted by NBC LA on Thursday, November 8, 2018

Helus was struck multiple times by gunfire after confronting the shooter and was pulled out of the bar by a responding CHP officer and transported to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

“He was willing to sacrifice his life to save others,” Dean said according to NBC Los Angeles. “He ran into danger, he didn’t walk. He ran into danger hoping that he might be able to save someone else’s life. And he made the ultimate sacrifice, but he did it as a hero.”

Victims have not been named by officials yet, but there has been a hotline established for anyone trying to locate loved ones who may have been in the area last night. The emergency hotline number is (805) 465-6650.

Our hearts are shattered by this senseless act of violence and the 12 souls lost because of it. We are praying for the victims, their families and everyone affected by this. 

Update: The Rotary Club of Westlake Village has started a GoFundMe for the victims and their families. If you’d like to donate, click here.

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