Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar

In this image made from aerial video police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks California early Thursday Nov. 8 2018. Authorities say there were multiple injuries _ including one officer _ after a man opened fire in S

By the time they entered the bar again the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman. SKY2 was over the scene where a "College Country" night was being held, according to the bar's website.

By the end of the violent spree, 11 people were dead. The extent of the surviving victims' injuries wasn't immediately known. This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

"I already didn't wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time", Brendan Kelly said Thursday outside his Thousand Oaks home. Many of those at the bar were regulars, she said. She was the niece of actor and The Real host Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley. No deaths have been confirmed yet.

"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", the couple added.

'That's how we were able to get out, ' she said with her face in her hands. A reporter spoke to a man who had not heard from his son.

"He died tonight going in to try to save others and paid the ultimate sacrifice", Dean said.

Witnesses said that the gunman, who was wearing a black trenchcoat, throw several smoke grenades inside the Borderline Bar and Grill before he started he shooting at around 11:20pm on Wednesday night.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Coffman sobbed as his worst fears came true. "And we feel for the people involved, that it happened to".

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The bar is a few miles from California Lutheran University and is a popular spot for students.

He died trying to save others, a family member told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "When you call 911, he's one of the guys you want showing up". The photo, dated September 8, appears to have been taken inside the bar.

Sgt. Ron Helus, in an image from his social media profile. He is originally from Coronado, Calif.

"He was just a great guy, a gentle soul", Buschow said. Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, with a deployment in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011, military records show.

"I've been a cop for 41 years and I never thought I've seen the things around the country would happen but I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in, it doesn't matter how safe your community is, it can happen anywhere", said Sheriff Dean. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

"It was really, really really shocking", Whitler told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline parking lot.

Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. After leaving the service, he worked for an LA non-profit that helped provide financial-planning assistance for veterans with mental health diagnoses.

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