13 people dead in mass shooting at a Californian bar

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The father of Cody Coffman, 22, sobbed as he told reporters Thursday that his son is among the 12 bar-goers shot dead in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

A gunman killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy, and injured multiple others when he opened fire at a busy bar during a college night.

The shooter has not been identified, and authorities say they have not found any link to terror at this time.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said on Thursday that Long was armed with a Glock 21, a.45-caliber handgun created to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber. We are still looking for the shooter.

Ventura County Sherriff Geoff Dean described the scene inside the bar as "horrific" and said there was "blood everywhere".

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

The venue was hosting a country music event for college students and its possible several hundred young people were inside. About 100 people were inside at the time.

Teylor Whittler told "Fox & Friends" she was at the country bar celebrating a friend's 21st birthday when the shooting occurred.

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A friend, Sgt. Eric Buschow, said Helus took on some of the toughest assignments, was on the SWAT team for much of his career and worked in narcotics and investigations.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was dancing when the gunman opened fire.

Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year-old sheriff's deputy, was the first officer to enter the bar and was shot and killed by the gunman. "And I knew it was real". I looked up, and he was moving to the right. "I just wanted to get down as soon as I heard the first shot go off".

"We all just kind of froze for a split second and then everyone booked it and dove to the floor".

"The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place", a different witness told KABC. Eyewitnesses said people used chairs to break the windows and escape.

Some of the people present at the mass shooting in a California nightclub Wednesday night were also survivors of the Las Vegas country music concert shooting previous year, according to a friend.

The station said one person was seen - apparently lifeless - on the ground outside the bar's entrance.

Although the tragedy hit so close to home - Pepperdine has confirmed that some of its students were at the scene - Crescencio was busy interviewing people and posting live video to Facebook.