Across North America, people are waking up today to the news of a horrific mass shooting in California. Last night a gunman, now identified as Ian David Long, opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, killing 12 other people.
The country bar was crowded with hundreds of students for a special college night. What should have been a fun night out quickly turned to chaos as Long entered the bar around 2:00 AM, shooting both the bouncer and cashier, without even saying a word.
As witnesses describe it, he was shooting at everything from people to tech equipment. He was very quick about reloading his gun, suggesting that he knew what he was doing.
In order to escape, students were smashing windows and jumping over fences to get away as quickly as possible. While many were able to get away, Long killed 12 people, injured at least a dozen more, and eventually killed himself as well.
The gunman Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former marine, was identified by police in California. They are still working to identify all the victims and loved ones of students who were at the bar last night are still anxiously waiting to hear any news. One of the 12 people killed has been identified as police officer Sgt. Ron Helus.
Helus entered the bar shortly after the shooting began but was quickly shot and injured. He was taken to hospital but unfortunately died not long after. His community is calling him a hero for his actions.
More updates to come as California police make sense of this horrific crime.