In the United States, a gunman burst into a packed bar in Southern California and opened fire on people line dancing, killing at least 12 before he was found dead at the scene, authorities said.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was among those killed Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, authorities said. At least 10 to 15 people were also injured, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.
Helus had been at the department for nearly three decades, and was planning to retire within the next year, the sheriff said, choking back tears.
“Ron … gave his all and tonight, he died a hero because he went in to save lives,” Dean said.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was found dead inside the bar, Dean said. It’s unclear whether he took his own life. The motive of the attack also is not clear, the sheriff said, and authorities are looking at all possibilities, including it being terror-related.