Disturbing news has come in about a shooting that occurred at a California bar where 12 people were left dead. We are asking our readers to keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers.
Late Wednesday, a gunman stormed inside a crowded country-music bar in Thousand Oaks with a handgun and a smoke device, killing 12 people.
The hooded gunman, wearing all black, shot the person working the door, and started shooting as people were line dancing during a weekly "College Country Night" event at the Borderline Bar & Grill.
One of the victims was Ron Helus, a veteran sergeant in the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Helus died as he was responding to the call, authorities say.
"It's a horrific scene in there," Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said during a news conference "There's blood everywhere."
Authorities have told The Associated Press that they have identified the gunman. The 29-year-old man deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun to take 12 lives.
Police say that when they entered the bar, the shooting had stopped. They found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman. Sheriff Dean was not clear as to how the gunman died.
This is a developing story.
Prayers are definitely needed at this time. Will you join us?