13 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire at L.A. Bar's Country College Night

At least 13 people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, California, that was hosting a country college night on Wednesday. The 29-year-old gunman, identified as David Ian Long, also died. He was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic handgun and was wearing all black when he entered Borderline Bar and Grill and "shot the doorman and the cashier at the front desk before throwing smoke grenades into the building and then firing onto the dance floor," according to The Daily Beast. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean also told reporters, “There are multiple other victims of different levels of injuries." Dean added that among those killed was Deputy Ron Helus, one of the first members of law enforcement to arrive at the scene. "He died a hero," Dean said about Helus. "Because he went in to save lives, to save other people." The shooter was believed to have died inside the venue, most likely by a self-inflicted gunshot. Borderline--which regularly hosts salsa, swing and other dance nights--was hosting a country dance event when the shooting occurred around 11:20 p.m. PT. The bar is a popular spot for students at nearby California Lutheran University and Pepperdine University, and several survivors of Las Vegas' Route 91 tragedy were reportedly inside the venue when the shooter opened fire.

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