Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Thousand Oaks shooting survivor was friends with the gunman

Holden Harrah 21  who witnessed the shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday hugs family and friends Al Seib via Getty Images Holden Harrah 21 who witnessed the shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday hugs family and friends
Faye Gross | 10 November, 2018, 02:19

They had chairs and threw them out the window, and they were able to take me and my girlfriend out the window and carried us out here. They went through windows.

He said he has no doubt Helus' tactics at the scene "were sound when he went in".

The official - who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity - would not give additional details on what the 28-year-old former Marine posted on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

As we reported, Long served in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 as a decorated member of the Marines.

Ms Teylor Whittler managed to escape the carnage unhurt. "So he knew what he was doing, and he also had flawless form".

"It's a horrific scene in there", Mr Dean said in a press conference at a auto park.

"It's particularly ironic that after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern history, he went on to be killed in his hometown", his father told the Ventura County Star.

Sheriff Dean paid an emotional tribute to the policeman who had served for 29 years and was due to retire next year. "He changed them within about six seconds, which was really fast", she said.

Sergeant Ron Helus is among the victims killed. He and other first responders "ran toward danger", Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a vigil Thursday evening, calling Helus a hero. "Yeah. I'm insane. But the only thing you people do after these shootings is "hopes and prayers" or "keep you in my thoughts" ... every time..." The father of one had tried to enter the bar with a highway patrolman when he was shot several times.

Mr Matt Wennerstron, a 20-year-old college student and regular at the bar, said the shooter fired a short-barrelled pistol that apparently had a 10 to 15-round magazine.

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The Chico Fire Department said: 'Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property'. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.


President Donald Trump is blaming mental illness for the California bar shooting that left 13 people dead, including the shooter.

Knapp led others to an outdoor patio and over a fence to safety. "People come back and it's a terrible thing, they come back and are never the same", he said.

Dean described the scene inside the bar as "like hell".

Long was "the victim of a battery" at a bar in Thousand Oaks in January 2015, Dean said. Police were also called to his home in Newbury Park in 2018 for a domestic incident where he was "somewhat irate and acting irrationally".

Long was a US Marine Corps veteran, Dean said. However, "our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialists who met with him, talked to him, and cleared him". He was a machine gunner. Police say he used a legally owned.45 calibre Glock semi-automatic handgun.

A man holds his head in his hands outside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, following the shooting.

"It's a gun culture", he said. So I took cover, a bunch of people dog-piled on top of each other. "He didn't come home last night", his mother, Susan Orfanos, told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV on Thursday.

Trump also ordered the United States flag at the White House and other government buildings to be flown at half-staff.

The dead also included a man who had survived last year's massacre in Las Vegas, Telemachus Orfanos, 27. A gunman shooting from the 32nd floor of a hotel and casino with high power weapons killed 58 people.

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