An unidentified gunman has killed 12 people in a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Police said that that the gunman, who was wearing a black trench coat, threw several smoke grenades inside the Borderline Bar and Grill, and then started shooting at around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
It is the second mass shooting in America in ten days. A gunman killed 11 worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh ten days ago.
Police said that Borderline Bar and Grill was hosting an event for college students, with possibly several hundred young people in attendance. Several Pepperdine University students who attend school in Malibu were at the bar during the shooting, the university said Thursday morning.
Ron Helus, a veteran sergeant in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, was among the 12 killed in the shooting incident. He was the first respondent on the scene.
Reacting to the incident US President Donald Trump applauded the law enforcement agencies for their bravery.
….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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018