Borderline Bar Shooting: College Night Party Turns to Terror in Thousand Oaks

At least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles-area bar late Wednesday night. A sheriff's sergeant responding to the scene was among the dead.

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Jordan Hopkins places his hand on a photo of Sean Adler during a vigil at the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California.
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Mourners cry and comfort each other during a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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A mourner holding a photograph of mass shooting victim <a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Victims-Borderline-Bar-Thousand-Oaks-Shooting-500073081.html' target="_blank">Kristina Morisette</a> arrives for a vigil at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Commander Tim Hagel, Police Chief of Thousand Oaks, is comforted by a friend during a vigil for the <a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Victims-Borderline-Bar-Thousand-Oaks-Shooting-500073081.html" target="_blank">victims</a> of the mass shooting at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Firefighters raise a flag at Los Robles Hospital to hang over the procession carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriff <a href="/news/national-international/Ventura-Sgt-Ron-Helus-Died-a-Hero-Borderline-Bar-Shooting-500040412.html" target="_blank">Sgt. Ron Helus</a>, who was killed in a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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People hug and pray as a procession carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriff <a href="/news/national-international/Ventura-Sgt-Ron-Helus-Died-a-Hero-Borderline-Bar-Shooting-500040412.html" target="_blank">Sgt. Ron Helus</a>, who was killed in a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, leaves Los Robles Hospital on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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A photo of Sean Adler is placed in front of a menu board as family members and friends of Adler pray during a vigil at the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California.
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Pictures of <a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/multimedia/Borderline-Bar-Shooting-Victims-Photos-unaccounted-for-Thousand-Oaks-500060591.html" target="_blank">Noel Sparks</a> are seen during a candlelight vigil in Thousand Oaks , California, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
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People gather outside the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop for a vigil for <a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/multimedia/Borderline-Bar-Shooting-Victims-Photos-unaccounted-for-Thousand-Oaks-500060591.html" target="_blank">Sean Adler</a> Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California. Adler was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.
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The procession carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. a href="/news/national-international/Ventura-Sgt-Ron-Helus-Died-a-Hero-Borderline-Bar-Shooting-500040412.html" target="_blank">Ron Helus</a>, who was killed in a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, leaves Los Robles Hospital on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Witnesses console each other near the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, California, after a gunman opened fire at a packed event held by the bar, killing 12 people, on Nov. 8, 2018.
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Nellie Wong cries as Chyann Worrell holds her on Nov. 8, 2018. Wong, Worrell and Erika Sigman, right, were inside the Borderline Bar when a gunman opened fire at a crowded event for "college night," killing 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California.
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People arrive to a family assistance and reunification center following a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California. Over
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The American flag over the White House flies at half-staff following the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday evening on Nov. 8, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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Ventura County Sheriff's deputies stand outside the house of shooting suspect David Ian Long in Newbury Park, California, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
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Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean speaks to reporters near the scene in Thousand Oaks, California, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Dean said approximately 150 to 200 people were in the Borderline Bar at the time of the shooting.
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Jason Coffman displays a photo of his son, <a href="/news/national-international/Dad-Searches-For-Son-Missing-in-California-Bar-Shooting-500037221.html" target="_blank">Cody,</a> outside the Thousands Oaks Teene Center where he came, hoping to find his son who was at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Nov. 8, 2018. He later announced Thursday morning that his son died in the mass shooting. He said Cody was so excited to become a big brother again to his first baby sister, due on the 29th.
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Tim Dominguez, who was in the Borderline Bar with his son when a gunman opened fire, sits distraught over the shooting under the freeway Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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People comfort each other as they sit near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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People wait in a parking lot along South Moorpark Road in the aftermath of a mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill.
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A forensics team prepares to work the scene on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Witnesses console each other near the Borderline Bar after a gunman opened fire at an event crowded with college students on Nov. 8 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Police work the area after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks bar packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students, causing multiple fatalities on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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David Crawford hugs Molly Esterline after a shooter opened fire at a bar and killed 12 people on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Holden Harrah, right, hugs family and friends after a shooter opened fire at a bar on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California. Harrah, 21, was a witness to the shooting when it happened.
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FBI and law enforcement prepare for investigation at the Borderline Bar and its parking lot after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California.
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FBI and law enforcement setup for investigation at the Borderline Bar and its parking lot after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at an event packed with hundreds of people attending a popular event for college students.
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A forensics team works the scene early Thursday morning, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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People sit near the country dance bar where a gunman opened fire, killing at least 12 people. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar.
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People comfort each other near the scene of a deadly bar shooting, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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The inside of the Borderline Bar and Grill as seen after the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, on Nov. 8, 2018.
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People hug near the scene of the shooting, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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People walk away from the scene as police vehicles close off the area in Thousand Oaks, California, on Nov. 8, 2018.
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People stand and watch as the scene unfurls from the intersection of US 101 freeway and the Moorpark Rad exit as police vehicles close off the area outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, where a gunman opened fire.
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Sheriff's deputies speak to a potential witness as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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An FBI agent talks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California.,
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It was college night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks when a gunman fired into the crowd.
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The crowd threw chairs to break windows to escape the fusillade of bullets at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.
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People stand and watch as the scene unfurls from the intersection of US 101 freeway and the Moorpark Rad exit as police vehicles close off the area outside a country music bar and dance hall in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles.
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Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean briefs reporters at the intersection of US 101 freeway and the Moorpark Rad exit as police vehicles close off the area responding to a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Nov. 8, 2018.
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Ventura Sheriff’s personnel arriving at Medical Examiner’s office where honor guard will be in place for procession delivering body of Sgt. Ron Helus, shot to death as he was engaging the gunman during the deadly rampage last night at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks.
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“We had to do something.” As many as 500 people wait in line to donate blood in Thousand Oaks following Borderline Bar mass shooting.
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Survivors break down as they receive updates on the Borderline Bar shooting Nov. 8, 2018.
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Hospital staff work to help survivors of mass shooting at Borderline Bar Nov. 8, 2018.
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Survivors and hospital staff convene after a mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar left 13 people dead, including the gunman Nov. 7, 2018.
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Many Thousand Oaks families said they just couldn't go to work or school. They had to do something to help in light of the mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill that left 12 victims dead Nov. 7, 2018.
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