Marine veteran kills 12 in shooting rampage at California bar

Marine veteran kills 12 in shooting rampage at California bar

These Are The Victims Of The Thousand Oaks Shooting

A gunman opened fire Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, killing 12 people.

The popular establishment hosts College Country Night on Wednesdays, and it was full of young people that evening.

CNNs Jose Pagliery, Shimon Prokupecz, Scott Glover, Paul P. Murphy, Cheri Mossburg, Ryan Browne, Sonya Hamasaki and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

Thousand Oaks gunman was a Marine veteran who often visited the site of the shooting

An additional 23 people were injured and released after receiving treatment at local hospitals, according to the Ventura County Sheriffs Office.

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They are just kids, an eyewitness who identified himself as Tim told ABC 7, struggling to hold back sobs. Theyre all young. This shouldnt have happened to them.

According to records maintained by the Gun Violence Archive, this latest tragedy was the 307th mass shooting this year.

The shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill began around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday night. Housleys phone and Apple Watch were tracked to Borderline and placed her in the middle of the dance floor where most of the shots were fired.

Ron Helus, 54, a sergeant in the Ventura County Sheriffs Office, was among the first to respond to the shooting, heading into the bar as the bullets flew. The veteran officer, who was married with an adult son, had been on the force 29 years and planned to retire within the next year.

The 18-year-old Napa Valley native started at Pepperdine in August. She was a resident of DeBell house. Housley was an English major involved with Pepperdine Choir and was starting Mock Trial.

When he heard the gunfire, he ran in. He ran in and no doubt saved others, Ventura County Sheriffs Capt. Garo Kuredjian told CNN afterward. Thats what cops do. Thats what he did.

Housley was a legacy at Pepperdine. Both of her parents graduated from Seaver College. She is also the niece of Pepperdine alumnus and former Fox News reporter Adam Housley.

Today we mourn the loss of Sergeant Ron Helus who gave his life serving the community. Please keep his family and the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers.

Family members of freshman Alaina Housley announced this morning that she is one of the 12 victims killed in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night.

Cody Coffman had just celebrated his 22nd birthday and was planning to join the military, his father told reporters on Thursday.

Her uncle, Adam Housley and his wife, Tamera Mowry-Housley released a joint statement Thursday morning stating that their niece was killed in the shooting.

Oh, Cody. I love you, son, Jason Coffman said through sobs, leaning on his father-in-law. This is going to be an absolutely heart-wrenching time for me and for my family… For me, this is a heart that Ill never get back.

Sergeant Helus had run to the bar with a California Highway Patrol officer, exchanging gunfire with Long, before being hit several times. Six officers from other police agencies were in the bar, Dean told the Washington Post, and a parent of one of the bar patrons said the officers had stood in front of his daughter during the shooting. Dozens of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and civilians lined the 101 overpasses as a procession moved Helus’s body from Los Robles Hospital, where he died, to the Ventura medical examiner’s office. Helus, 54, had been with the department for 29 years, was married, and had an adult son. He reportedly had been soon set to retire.

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Jason remembered his son as a talented baseball player in high school and a fishing buddy who would come with me whether he wanted to or not.

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Cody was the big brother that my kids need, the grieving father said. I have a daughter coming on 29 of this month. He was so excited to have his first sister and now shell never know him.

Ian Long was a Marine who had been decorated for his service. He lived in Newbury Park and had a history with the Sheriff’s Office, mainly for traffic citations. He’d also been a victim in a bar fight. In April, however, deputies had responded to his home for a disturbance. According to Sheriff Dean, Long was irate and a little irrational. He underwent a mental evaluation and was not found in need of a 5150, or involuntary hold. His Glock was legally purchased.

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The last thing he said to Cody was a warning not to drink and drive, and then this: Son, I love you.

Thirteen people were killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a well-known college hangout, late Wednesday night. One of the dead is Ventura Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, who was shot as he responded to the calls for help. The gunman was identified as Ian David Long, 28, an Afghan war veteran, who used a smoke bomb before opening fire with a handgun in the bar. Long is among the dead. Twenty-one people were wounded.

Justin Meek, 23, graduated from California Lutheran University in May, where he sang the national anthem as a member of a quartet.

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Meek worked as a bouncer at Borderline, a family friend told 10News, and reportedly broke windows at the bar to help people escape as the violence unfolded Wednesday night.

His Facebook profile listed him as a veteran of the Navy. According to a 2009 article in his hometown newspaper, the Thousand Oaks Acorn, he was also an Eagle Scout. Under a photo of the then-18-year-old Orfanos, the newspaper reported that his Eagle Scout project involved public safety at Thousand Oaks High School, and that he’d earned it as a member of Troop No. 765 of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The Cal Lutheran community is filled with sorrow over the violent events that took place last night a few miles from campus in Thousand Oaks, the statement read. Sadly, we have learned from the family that a recent graduate, Justin Meek, 23, is one of the precious lives cut short in this tragedy. Meek heroically saved lives in the incident.

Cal Lutheran wraps its arms around the Meek family and other families, and around every member of this community of caring.

“And I dont want prayers, I dont want thoughts, I want gun control,” Schmidt-Orfanos said, her voice breaking with the rawness of her emotions. “And I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!”

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Alaina Housley, 18, was at the bar along with a group of around 20 other Pepperdine students at the time of the shooting. Witnesses told Pepperdines student newspaper, the Pepperdine Graphic, she was last seen on the dance floor.

Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre in Las Vegas a year ago, was again with friends and fans of country music when he was shot and killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday.

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A woman who identified herself as Housleys roommate pleaded early Thursday morning for information on her whereabouts: 

My suitemate is still missing, she is wearing denim shorts, a blue flannel and sneakers, pls let me know if you know anything

“Can’t believe you’re gone, Tel,” wrote Zoe Romney on a photo of her with Orfanos. “I’m gonna miss you always picking on me and trying to make me laugh when I’m feeling down.”

Housleys aunt, actress Tamera Mowry, confirmed Housleys death in a statement Thursday afternoon:

His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, gave a heartbreaking interview to KABC-TV on Thursday afternoon, her anguish at another mass shooting, this one taking her oldest child, almost too painful to watch.

We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last nights shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, the actress and her husband, Adam Housley, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.

Earlier, people stood in line for hours to give blood. All morning, people looking for missing friends and relatives arrived at a community center where authorities and counselors were informing the next-of-kin of those who died. Many people walked past TV cameras with blank stares or tears in their eyes. In the parking lot, some comforted each other with hugs or a pat on the back.

Sean Adler, 48, worked as a bouncer at Borderline. Hed formerly worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Royal High School wrestling team in Simi Valley, California, according to a Facebook post by the team. 

Opening fire with a handgun with an illegal, extra-capacity magazine, Long shot a security guard outside the bar and then went in and took aim at employees and customers, authorities said. He also used a smoke bomb, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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He was positive, motivational, and truly wanted the best for the people around him, the post read.

Matt Wennerstrom said he instinctively pulled people behind a pool table, and he and friends shielded women with their bodies after hearing the shots. When the gunman paused to reload, Wennerstrom said, he and others shattered windows with barstools and helped about 30 people escape. He heard another volley of shots once he was safely outside.

Lost a great guy last night, a wrestling coach whod worked with Adler wrote on Twitter. I coached with Sean at Royal and you couldnt have met a nicer guy. Im sure plenty of people will be touched by this horrific tragedy. Make sure to remember the families, first responders and those who were there. They need you. Be there for them.

A friend of Adlers told CBS Los Angeles that Adler owned a coffee shop in Simi Valley and was a single father with a couple kids that he adored and loved.

Authorities said he had no criminal record, but in April officers were called to his home, where deputies found him angry and acting irrationally. The sheriff said officers were told he might have PTSD because of his military service. A mental health specialist met with him and didnt feel he needed to be hospitalized.

A friend of 21-year-old Blake Dingman confirmed to ABC 7 that he was among those shot and killed Wednesday. Dingman was an avid automotive and off-roading enthusiast.

You cant go anywhere anymore, a childhood friend of Dingmans, Tucker Gibson, told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. I came here from L.A. when I was two because my mom wanted to get away from danger.

“I dont want prayers. I dont want thoughts,” said Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, whose son Telemachus Orfanos survived the Vegas shooting only to die less than 10 minutes from his home. “I want those bastards in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesnt come home.”

United Methodist Church of Westlake Village identified 21-year-old Noel Sparks as a shooting victim in a post on Facebook. Sparks was a student at Moorpark College near Thousand Oaks.

"The thoughts of every #NYPD member this morning are with the families & colleagues of all those killed or injured in the shooting inside a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar — 12 innocent lives taken, including the first Ventura County cop on the scene: Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran," New York Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said.

It is with heavy hearts that we notify you that Noel Sparks was among the victims of last nights shooting, the church wrote in a statement. We grieve with Tony Sparks and Wendy Anderson.

Marine Combat Veteran Kills 12 in California Bar Shooting

Sparks friend Sarah Penrose remembered her on Facebook as always so joyful to help others and fill needs.

The California sheriff's sergeant first on the scene at Wednesday night's mass shooting heard gunfire booming inside the bar and instinctively ran into the crowded venue — where he "died a hero," one of 12 people killed by a former Marine who ended the massacre by committing suicide.

Gunman in Thousand Oaks bar shooting was former Marine who may have been suffering from PTSD – NY Daily News

Even though we knew something was very wrong after we hadnt heard from her all morning and others were connecting with their loved ones, she wrote, it doesnt make this heartbreaking news any easier to bear.

We are heartbroken to confirm that Dan Manrique, Pacific Regional PM and Marine Corps veteran, was one of the victims of the Borderline shooting. We are aware that other members of our Team RWB family were directly impacted by the events. We will provide updates as we learn more.

"California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times," the president said. "That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement."

We are heartbroken to confirm that Dan Manrique, Pacific Regional PM and Marine Corps veteran, was one of the victims of the Borderline shooting, veterans group Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) wrote on Twitter, noting that other members of our Team RWB family had also been affected by the shooting.

The sheriff said it was only three minutes later that Helus made entry to the bar with two California highway patrol officers. The cops believed there were other victims still trapped in the bar, but as Helus entered the front door, he was struck "multiple times" by gunfire.

After his time in the Marines, Manrique worked for a Los Angeles nonprofit that served veterans with mental health issues and had recently joined Team RWB in a full-time role.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus – who was nearing retirement in about a year — "gave it his all" but was shot multiple times by 28-year-old gunman Ian David Long and later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

Team RWB staffer and childhood friend Jacklyn Pieper described the veteran as selfless to publication Task and Purpose.

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He was all about giving back to the veterans community and creating that community, Pieper said. He talked a lot about the isolation that veterans feel when they return home without continuity or consistency, and he just wanted to extend his arm around whoever else felt that.

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A family member, Gladys Manrique Koscak, wrote on Facebook that Manrique was killed in an absolutely senseless act of violence and that he spent his time helping veterans readjust to civilian life. 

I went and spoke at a Jewish synagogue after the tragedy on the East Coast, and when I talked to the parishioners there and the rabbi I said, Weve got to do something about the hate, and weve got to do something to just spread the love and reach out and help people, and be patient and understand them because this will touch so many lives around our community.

I have no doubt that he died a hero, Manrique Koscak wrote. He will forever be our hero, son, brother, and the best uncle anybody could ever ask for.

Telemachus Orfanos died in the Thousands Oaks shooting, after having survived the mass shooting at the Las Vegas concert last year.

That sheriffs department is mourning Deans colleague and friend, Sheriffs Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed after he ran into the Borderline Bar & Grill to confront the gunman. Dean got choked up while talking about Helus, who was only a few years from retirement himself, and he commended the fallen officers character and valor.

My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didnt come home last night, his mother Susan Schmidt-Orfanos told ABC News through tears. And I dont want prayers. I dont want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!

The county sheriff said Long used a Glock 21, a .45-caliber firearm designed to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber. But Dean said Long had an extended magazine, and it wasnt immediately clear how many rounds he had. He said the gun had been purchased legally, but the ATF is looking into when and where it was purchased.

Schmidt-Orfanos told BuzzFeed News she wanted gun control now, now, now, now. No more NRA, no more money, gun control now, thank you.

Its lost a hero. Its lost a great human being. Its part of the loss of the 11 other victims that are in there. Its all part of the suffering that were all going to go through as family members and parents and brothers and sisters on this tragic, senseless loss of life.

Telemachus, who went by Tel, was the sweetest guy, Marybeth Schroeder, a 22-year-old Borderline promoter, told HuffPost. She said Orfanos regularly worked as a security guard at Borderline, but had been there Wednesday just to enjoy a night out with friends.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Dean was asked how it feels to be faced with investigating the massacre that left 13 people dead, including a sheriffs sergeant and the gunman, and sent hundreds fleeing from a popular country music bar on a college night.

Orfanos attended Thousand Oaks High School, according to his Facebook page, before going to Moorpark College. He went on to join the U.S. Navy.

Dean praised the FBI and other law enforcement officers aiding local authorities. He said that officers from sheriffs department will be on site for at least the next 15 to 20 hours, but he will no longer be at the helm by the end of the workday Friday.

I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns! – mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @[email protected]/UMqTY1RATK

Kristina Morisette was working the front desk, near the front door at Borderline, at the time of the shooting on Wednesday. Her position at the bar may have made her one of the first people Long encountered during his attack. 

Kristina was our front desk girl, always had the brightest smile on her face when you walked in, Schroeder, who worked with Morisette, told HuffPost Thursday. She was known for her positive vibe and flowing personality.

Morisettes parents told the Los Angeles Times that their daughter had just returned from a solo trip to meet friends in Austin, Texas, whom she had first met at Borderline.

They described her as an energetic young woman and faithful friend who had recently bought her first car using the money she saved

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Before leaving for her shift at Borderline on Wednesday night, Morisette gave her mom a souvenir from Austin, the Times reported.

We didnt want her life to end, but we dont want her memories now to end, either, Martha Morisette told the paper. Well probably always have a hard time dealing with it. 

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Jake Dunhams father told NBC Los Angeles that he was trying to get ahold of his son all morning Thursday, but Dunham didnt answer his phone.

It just keeps ringing out, Ken Dunham told the news station. And he always answers his phone.

Jake Dunham, 21, was later identified by NBC LA as one of the 12 victims killed. His Facebook page was turned into a memorial as of Thursday night.

Dunham, a Newbury Park resident, enjoyed off-roading and hanging out with friends on boats at Lake Havasu in Arizona, according to his social media pages.

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In his last post to Instagram, Dunham shared photos of himself competing and having fun with friends at an off-roading event. Really missing jump champs right now, he said, referring to the competition known as The Jump Champs in California. Cant wait till next time with a v8 so its a little more fair.

#BreakingNews: Jake Dunham is confirmed as one of the 12 victims at #[email protected]/pYvq70dMp6

A friend who goes by @brookalexis22 on Instagram shared a photo of Dunham in a slideshow of photos that also included one of her and another victim, Blake Dingman.

Mark Meza, 20, also died in Wednesdays mass shooting. According to his Facebook page, he had been photography student at Santa Barbara City College and grew up in Carpinteria, northwest of Thousand Oaks.

In a message to parents, the Carpinteria Unified School District, where Meza had been a student, school officials said he was loved by many in our community and will be dearly missed, BuzzFeed reported.

Relatives tonight identified the 11th civilian gunned down Wednesday in Thousand Oaks as Mark Meza, from Santa Barbara and living in Carpinteria. His Facebook page says he worked at Sandpiper Lodge.

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