Thirteen people were killed after a bar shooting in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks.
Ventura County Sheriff Jeff Dean said the gunman, identified as David Ian Long, 28, climbed into the building, shot a security guard, got inside, shot several employees, and opened fire inside the bar.
He also fired for a long time at the police officers upon their arrival, killing the deputy sheriff’s mayor. Ron Hilos Dean told reporters. Helos died in the hospital.
Long, the shooter, was a 28-year-old in the United States Marine Corps. Dean said he used a .45-caliber Glock 21 pistol.
The authorities believe he shot himself. They did not find the motivation.
Dean added that up to 15 others were injured and taken to hospitals. The names and identities of the victims were not disclosed.
The shooting started at around 11:20 p.m. PT at the bar, which is located in Thousand Oaks, a suburb about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Dean said the gunman “fell with a gunshot wound” when the officers entered the building, adding that “there was blood everywhere.”
Some witnesses described seeing a smoke bomb go off, but Dean said that officers had not found any of these devices in the bar.
Video footage showed policemen standing outside the bar for up to an hour after their initial arrival. Other footage showed civilians carrying wounded people from the bar and caring for them.
Officers from the FBI’s Joint Counterterrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives went to the scene.
Jeremy Childs, a reporter for local newspaper Ventura County Star, tweeted a picture of a 19-year-old bar patron smearing his hands as he threw a chair across the window in an attempt to escape the building during the shooting.
The bar was having a college night, which seemed to attract a young crowd. The strip is located near California Lutheran University and several other schools.
A spokesman for Pepperdine University said in a statement that several of its students were at the bar but did not specify their circumstances.
Los Angeles KTLA correspondent Eric Spielman reports that classes in California Lutheranism have been canceled due to the shooting.
“My heart hurts when I learn about the horrific shooting incident at Thousand Oaks Night College,” Senator Kamala Harris wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. “We pray for the wounded and families of the dead who, like many others, have lost their loved ones in gun violence. Leaders in Congress must act – not one day, but now.”
President Donald Trump mourned the loss of life on Twitter and joined Harris in praising what he described as “the police’s great courage.”
Trump said of the killed officer Hillus: “The California Highway Patrol was at the scene within 3 minutes, with the first officer entering the fire several times.”
Trump also ordered that half of the employees in the White House and all public and military buildings be raised until Saturday evening.