The shooting took place in the Borderline Bar & Grill at Thousand Oaks, about 60 kilometers west of Los Angeles. A country evening for students was on the program in the bar. Thirteen people died, including the archer himself.
Security guard shot
Late in the evening, the shooter ran into the bar and shot a security guard first. He entered the bar and shot down another security guard and employees. Then he opened the fire to the public.
When Campbell heard the first shots, he lay down on the floor as quickly as possible. At the moment the gunman threw smoke bombs, he saw a chance to jump through a broken window. Then he set it on a run. “I myself saw a victim who had been shot,” says Campbell.
Policeman Ron Helus did not survive the shooting. He was one of the first to be on the scene and tried to stop the perpetrator. A firefight was born. Helus was hit several times. In the hospital he died from his injuries.
“He went inside to save lives, but tonight he died as a hero,” said sheriff Geoff Dean to CNN . Helus wanted to retire next year. A colleague sheriff Eric Buschow: “There is nothing more heroic than what he has done.”
President Trump also expressed his sympathy via Twitter. According to him, the police have shown themselves particularly courageous.
….Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2018
Some survivors of the shooting were also at the shooting during a music festival in Las Vegas last year, writes USA Today . Then there were 58 deaths. ‘There are people who do not experience this all their lives, and there are people who see it twice,’ says a witness to the newspaper.