VIDEO: Deputy Among 13 Killed At CA Bar; Eyewitnesses Share What They Saw

(Thousand Oaks, CA)  -- 

10:39am (CST) -- The hero sheriff's deputy who died in a hail of gunfire during the mass shooting in Southern California spoke to his wife on the phone just before his death.  Sheriff Geoff Dean said  Deputy Ron Helus had told her "Hon, I've got to go. I love you. I gotta go on a call." Helus was among one of the first to respond, immediately being hit with multiple gunshots upon entering the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks last night.  He was trying to shield the young patrons inside.  

As a 29-year veteran of the force, Helus was set to retire within the next year.  Dean described him as hardworking and fully committed to his job.

9:30am -- Area officials give a statement to the media on what they know so far.

 

8:45am -- Police are identifying the gunman in a Southern California shooting as 29-year-old Ian Long.  Officials describe him as a white male, heavily tattooed and say was armed with a single handgun.  

He was found dead inside Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks last night.  Twelve others were killed  and about a dozen more were injured.  

Among the dead, Ventura County Sheriff's sergeant, Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, who was shot and died at the hospital. He leaves a wife and grown son.

Ventura County Sheriff Ron Helus

When Long threw a smoke bomb into the crowd, police officers arrived three minutes later, Long shot one of them multiple times before shooting himself. When SWAT arrived, Long was already dead. 

Authorities say Long drove his mother's car to the bar.  When he entered the business, he had on a long black trench coat, glasses, beard and reportedly tossed smoke bombs into the main bar area, before firing off a 45 caliber Glock.

5am -- Thirteen total are among the dead. Authorities are still on scene where there are reportedly multiple fatalities have been reported. At least 12 victims have been shot and killed, including a sheriff's deputy, plus the gunman, after that gunman opened fire in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.  

It happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect reportedly started shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill.  

The gunman, described as all in black with a large trench coat, also reportedly threw a smoke grenade, sowing confusion during the shooting.  The shooter is reportedly still inside the bar but his status isn't clear.  

Police say that there's no threat to the public outside the building.  Local law enforcement is on scene and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is en route.  The bar was hosting a country music event for college students.

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Eyewitnesses explain what they saw...

 
 

UPDATE: President Trump tweets reaction to the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California:

 

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