Authorities: Gunman shoots 11 at California bar

Authorities: Gunman shoots 11 at California bar

Authorities: Gunman shoots 11 at California bar

Dean said that Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the force who was to retire soon, was shot as he arrived on the scene and died in hospital early Thursday.

"It's so tragic losing Ron", Dean said.

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

Witnesses told CNN the attacker had a large handgun, wore a black trench coat and glasses and threw smoke grenades inside bar. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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He said the gunman had apparently shot himself.

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations.

A man and his stepfather interviewed by ABC7 Eyewitness News said they heard about a dozen shots before they were able to flee out the front door.

"Losing Ron, we go to the gym together and work out together", Dean said. The CHP officer retreated, secured the perimeter and then pulled Helus out of the line of fire, KCAL reported.

President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, said on Twitter that he had been "fully briefed on the bad shooting in California".

Cody's father, Jeff Coffman, confirmed that his son had been killed in the shooting - "his name is Cody Coffman and he is my first born son", he told reporters.

At Borderline Bar and Grill, a country-western dance bar that is a popular venue for college students, the night took a turn when a gunman entered and opened fire. "That's the stuff I'm truly going to miss", he said. "But I've learned, it doesn't matter what community you're in, it doesn't matter how safe your community is".

Other witnesses described seeing and hearing people smashing windows with barstools to create escape routes from the bar. Law enforcement and emergency crews flooded the scene and police urged the public to avoid the area. Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident. It's unclear whether he took his own life or if the attack was terror-related.

"There were people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics", he added.

"He said, 'Hon, I got to go, I love you".

He said a highway patrol officer was nearby who just happened to be pulling someone over.

"It's been a rough night for all of us", Buschow said, according to the report.

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