Multiple victims reported in shooting at TO bar

Multiple victims reported in shooting at TO bar

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

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

(CNN)Back in April, officers in Thousand Oaks, California, responded to a disturbance at the home where Ian David Long lived.

Video: 12 Killed In Mass Shooting At Borderline Bar And Grill In Thousand Oaks, California | TIME

Telemachus Tel Orfanos, 27, survived mass shooting in Las Vegas but not one in his hometown Thousand Oaks

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.

Condolences Pour in for Victims of Borderline Bar Shooting

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

The shooting inside the bar, a favorite local hangout for 25 years that hosted line-dancing lessons and allowed students in starting at 18, and where on Wednesday night several college women were celebrating their 21st birthdays, began around 11 p.m. Witnesses described sudden chaos. Among the estimated 130 to 180 people at the bar were five off-duty police officers, enjoying the night like the other partyers. As patrons dove for cover, the sounds of glass shattering and gunshots rang out in the cavernous bar. The gunman prowled the emptying dance floor, shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.

Video: At least 11 injured in shooting at California bar

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.

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in rampage at California bar

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.

Just last year, they had fled the same chaos — gunshots, bodies falling — in Las Vegas, at a country music festival where 58 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern American history. The Borderline, a popular hangout for country music fans, had become a place of solace for dozens of survivors of the Vegas massacre to come together for music, for healing and for remembering — to celebrate life, in the words of one.

Video: Dozen killed in California bar shooting

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.

This is the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened, Nicholas Champion, a fitness trainer from Southern California who posted a group photo on Facebook of Vegas survivors gathering at the Borderline in April, said in a television interview. I was at the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting as well as probably 50 or 60 others who were in the building at the same time as me tonight.

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

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.

He was killed last night at Borderline, his mother, Susan Orfanos, said, speaking rapidly into the telephone. He made it through Las Vegas, he came home. And he didnt come home last night, and the two words I want you to write are: Gun control. Right now — so that no one else goes through this. Can you do that? Can you do that for me? Gun control.

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.

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.

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.

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

“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!”

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

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.

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.

In Greek mythology Telemachus was the son of Odysseus and Penelope, but Orfanos carried a lighter name – Tel – in his hometown of Thousand Oaks. where he graduated from Thousand Oaks High School and had attended Moorpark College.

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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.

“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.”

12 Killed, Including Sergeant, When Gunman Opens Fire in Bar

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

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.

Ventura County Sheriffs Sgt. Ron Helus, 54, was identified as one of the 12 killed, while others still remain unaccounted for. Its estimated that 40 to 50 families were at the unification center at 1375 E. Janss Rd., hoping to hear from loved ones who may have been at the Borderline Bar & Grill when the mass shooting took place. 

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

A night that shouldve been filled with dancing & laughter turned tragic by senseless violence — our hearts are heavy for the people of Thousand Oaks and everyone affected by the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar, which took 12 lives including @VENTURASHERIFF Sergeant Ron Helus

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

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

….Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. 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 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.

The entire LA Kings organization is deeply shaken by this senseless and horrific act on one of our local communities. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We wish all the people of Thousands Oaks strength and peace and we share in their sadness and grief.

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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. 

Heartbroken over the awful tragedy and unthinkable loss of life in Thousand Oaks. Let’s agree as Americans: We cannot continue allowing gun violence to threaten our freedom and security and steal young people’s innocence and joy.

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

Pepperdine officials are working with authorities and will provide updates as more information is available. The University offers its deepest condolences and is praying for everyone involved in tonight’s tragic events. (2/2)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Survivors of the rampage — mostly young people who had gone out for college night at the Borderline, a hangout popular with students from nearby California Lutheran University and other schools — seemed to know what to do, having come of age in an era of active-shooter drills and deadly rampages happening with terrifying frequency.

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.

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.

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.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Terrified patrons hurled barstools through windows to escape or threw their bodies protectively on top of friends as a Marine combat veteran killed 12 people at a country music bar in an attack that added Thousand Oaks to the tragic roster of American cities traumatized by mass shootings.

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

Marine veteran kills 12 in shooting rampage at California bar

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.

"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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Helus' LinkedIn page showed he was an FBI certified firearms instructor and a POST — Peace Officer's Standards and Training — instructor. He earned a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma, and had planned to pursue a doctorate degree in the "near future."

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

"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."

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.

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. 

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.

Thousand Oaks shooting: 12 killed, including deputy, at California bar; suspect also dead | WSB-TV

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.

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Cellphone Video Shows The Moment A Gunman Opened Fire Inside The Thousand Oaks Bar, Killing 12

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

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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!

For something like this to happen has really, really shaken the community, Maldoon says of Wednesday nights tragedy, which left at least 13 people dead. Ive lived here my entire life, and its been a good and very, very safe environment to grow up in. Some would even argue its a little sheltered from what goes on in the outside world, because of how safe weve managed to keep the county for the most part.

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

If I were to describe the people of Borderline with one word, it would be welcoming. Everybody there makes you feel at home, she explains. They have made us feel that we have a place where we are safe and understood, that we can still enjoy ourselves and still live and love our lives. And to see this turn around and happen to them is completely heartbreaking and devastating.

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.

Now, the 24-year-old from Ventura County, Calif., is speaking out about having to contend with the reality of another tragedy so close to home — just over one year after surviving the Las Vegas shooting. Maldoon told Yahoo Lifestyle she wishes that the country music community who found solace at Borderline will continue to look for hope, at the venue and at events for years to come.

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.

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

We are here as a community to help them, Maldoon assures. Its the suckiest community to be a part of, but its also the greatest, because it means that something terrible and awful has happened to you. But now you have hundreds and hundreds of people who, no matter what you need, will have your back.

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. 

However, Maldoon and her friends already had that facade of security shattered when they attended Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed by gunman Stephen Paddock. She was with three other friends when bullets rained down onto the crowd.

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.

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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

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

Las Vegas massacre survivor was among 12 killed at Borderline Bar

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. 

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.

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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.

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.

13 dead, including sheriffs deputy and gunman, in California bar shooting

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.

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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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