Authorities: Gunman wounds 11 people at California bar

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Authorities identified the suspect as former machine gunner Ian David Long, 28, on Thursday.

The horrific attack carried out in a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar on Wednesday night was the 307th mass shooting in America this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which classifies a "mass shooting" as a singular event in which at least four people are shot, not including the shooter. "I found out a little too late that just wasn't the job for me".

Dean said he had been told that 150 to 200 people were in the Borderline at the time Long opened fire, adding: "It could have been much, much worse".

"We're going to pursue the leads that develop from that evidence, wherever they take us, to identify any possible motivation, paint a picture of the frame of mind of the subject, identify any possible radicalization", Delacourt said Thursday.

Dean said Long had several previous run-ins with police, including an incident in April where deputies were called to his home in Newbury Park because he was reportedly behaving erratically.

Long served in the Marines for almost five years as a military machine gunner and was deployed to Afghanistan, Defense Department records show. He was a corporal in the Marines from August 2008 to March 2013, according to Defense Department records. It's unclear whether the magazine was legally purchased.

"We are consistently ranked one of the highest with respect to the lowest crime rate per capita, we're proud of that", Fox said. "I know we don't have all the details in yet, but you know, it just feels like it's an attack on our community".

Dean said that the shooter had a handgun and that at this early stage in the investigation he believed he had only one gun.

"It appears he walked up to the scene".

Holden Harrah told CNN the gunman opened fire within seconds.

Police said he was a heavily tattooed white male who was not carrying any form of identification, according to NBC News.

Reports of the shooting came in around 11:20 p.m. PT.

The highway patrolman pulled Helus out of the bar to safety, but his injuries were too severe.

"He went in there to save people and made the ultimate sacrifice", Dean said. "We haven't found any correlation", the sheriff said.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", Dean said of the man who was also his long-time friend and gym partner.

"We have called in our bomb team to go through and a couple of bomb dogs here that are checking the area", Dean said.

"I wanted to help as best I could", Kelly said.

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler of NY, said lawmakers would start crafting a gun-control bill when the House convenes with a Democratic majority in early January. "My stepdad dove and took cover and yelled at me, 'John, hit the deck!" Deputy Ron Helus was less than a year from retirement.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and praised law enforcement officers for their response.

The sheriff said Helus told her, "Hey I gotta go handle a call". "This is a safe place". "Right now ― so that no one else goes through this".

"Obviously he had something going on in his head that caused him to do something like this", he said.

Cole Knapp, a freshman at Moorpark College, said he was inside the bar when the shooting began but thought at first that it was "just someone with an M-80, just kind of playing a prank".

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