Thousand Oaks bar shooting: What we know about the California massacre
In 311 days, the U.S. has experienced 307 mass shootings.
The latest happened at a country-western themed bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where a gunman opened fire Wednesday night on patrons, killing 12 including a sheriff’s sergeant who was among the first to respond.
On Friday, authorities are still trying to piece together what happened.
“I think it’s impossible to put any logic or any sense to the senseless,” said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean during a news conference.
Here’s what we know Friday about the mass shooting.
The victims: ‘My life has changed now forever’
Telemachus Orfanos had survived last year’s shooting at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas claiming 58 lives. On Thursday, he was confirmed as one of the 12 victims of the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill.
His father, Marc Orfanos, said he visited Borderline to have dinner with friends. “It’s particularly ironic that after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern history, he went on to be killed in his hometown,” he said.
Jason Coffman was among the parents and friends who rushed to the scene hoping their loved ones inside the bar were still alive. His son, Cody, did not survive. “I am speechless and heartbroken. … My life has changed now forever.”
Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant Ron Helus was expected to retire as soon as next year. After talking with his wife on the phone, he joined a California Highway Patrol officer as the first to respond to Wednesday night’s shooting. Helus was shot multiple times and later died at the hospital. “He died a hero,” Dean said.
Among the other victims identified in the shooting: Daniel Manrique, 33, a Marine Corps veteran; Justin Meek, 23, a recent graduate of California Lutheran University; and Alaina Housley, a freshman at Pepperdine University and niece of “The Real” host and “Sister, Sister” star Tamera Mowry-Housley. Authorities haven’t named all the victims of the shooting.
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