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Marine Fell Back On Training To Survive Thousand Oaks, Las Vegas Shootings

Marine Fell Back On Training To Survive Thousand Oaks, Las Vegas Shootings

Seargent Ron Helus of Ventura County Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement official to arrive at the Borderline Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night, the former machine gunner, dressed all in black with his hood pulled up, opened fire with a handgun at the Borderline Bar & Grill during college night, then apparently killed himself as scores of police officers closed in.

"When the officers went in and made re-entry, they found him already deceased", Dean said, according to ABC 6.

Long also was a frequent visitor to the Borderline bar, his friends said.

In April this year, deputies were called to his house for a disturbance and found him "acting a little irrationally".

Speaking at a news conference today, the sheriff said the suspect had been identified as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Records indicate he was on duty from August 2008 to March 2013, CNN reported.

But the weapon had an extended magazine, meaning it can carry more ammunition, which is illegal in California.

Here's what we know of Long so far.

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So while we were all dog-piled over at the side, there were multiple men that got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us with their back toward the shooter, ready to take a bullet for any single one of us.

Reports of the shooting came in around 11:20 p.m. PT. "He stepped inside. It appears he turned to the right and shot several of the other security and other employees there. then began opening fire inside the nightclub", Dean said. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred. His classmate said he suffered serious post traumatic stress disorder after his tour and sought help from therapists and doctors.

Telemachus Orfanos was a graduate of Thousand Oaks High School and later joined the Navy, according to his Facebook page.

"That Sheriff's Sergeant died in the hospital".

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said late Wednesday that it was still "a very active scene". "And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives". "We're proud of that", Fox said.

"I mind my own business and they did theirs too", he said in a brief telephone interview. "My stepdad dove and took cover and yelled at me, 'John, hit the deck!"

Mr Trump praised police for their "great bravery" in the California attack and said: "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims".

Patrons at the bar screamed in fear, shouted "Get down!" and used bar stools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire erupted at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a Thousand Oaks venue popular with students from nearby California Lutheran University. "This is a safe place".