A sheriff says 13 people are dead, including a sheriff's sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene as panicked patrons smashed windows to get out.
Among the victims was Cody Coffman, his father confirmed to CBS Los Angeles on Thursday. "I don't know the condition of the victims but my understanding is there are a number (of) wounded included a local deputy ... all of the victims have been transported to hospitals", Fox told CNN on the phone. According to the bar's website, a "College Country" night was going on at the time of the shooting. Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot.
"It's just kind of unbelievable that somebody would want to come to a place I care about and hurt people that I care about".
Long was in the Marines from 2008 to 2013, rose to the rank of corporal and served in Afghanistan in 2010-11, the military said.
He was interviewed by police at his home in April after an episode of agitated behaviour that they were told might be post-traumatic stress disorder.
Before responding to the call, Helus had been on the phone to his wife, Dean said. Dean said there was "blood everywhere" inside the bar. They called a mental health specialist who assessed Long but concluded he couldn't be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation.
He said the only weapon found in an initial sweep was a handgun. He said he had friends who hadn't been accounted for.
"People started running to the back door", she said. Active law enforcement incident.
Colleagues of Helus describe him as a friend and an exceptional man and officer. Helus was immediately shot, Dean said. The suspect was later found dead inside the bar. "Just an awesome investigator".
Civilians and other deputies pulled Sergeant Helus from the bar.
Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Helus was among those killed Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, authorities said. "It's still very fluid, and I hope to give you guys updates in terms of both the number and the status of the shooter".
Less than two weeks after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that killed 11, another mass shooting has taken a dozen lives in California.
The sheriff says he doesn't remember the city having another mass shooting in his time on the force.
"I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military", he said.
US President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he has been "fully briefed on the awful shooting".
He said he has no doubt Helus' tactics at the scene "were sound when he went in".