Officer killed in Calif. bar shooting described as hero

At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California

At least eleven wounded in shooting at bar in southern California

Reports said there were around a 100 patrons inside the nightclub when the shooting began.

Witnesses told CNN the attacker had a large handgun, wore a black trench coat and glasses and threw smoke grenades inside bar.

He said he and others smashed their way out of the bar onto a balcony and then jumped down to safety.

Dean said the slain deputy was on the phone with his wife before telling her he had to go respond to a scene. It's unclear whether the magazine was legally purchased.

At least a dozen people were killed - including a "hero" cop who was due to retire next year and died bravely trying to save others' lives.

The shooting is the latest in a long list of mass shootings in the US.

The incident was reported at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles.

Forensics officers scour the scene at the Borderline Bar & Grill after the shooting.

After almost three decades policing the area, the veteran was due to retire next year.

Officials have not released the names of all the victims as they worked to notify the families.

It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website. Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside.

Helus, who lived in neighboring Moorpark with his wife and son, died at about 2 a.m.at a hospital. "One bar stool and straight through a window", he told reporters.

Dean said Long was a veteran of the United States marine corps. The marine corps told news organizations that Long served in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011.

Ron Helus was among those killed, authorities said.

Police have not identified a motive.

Meek played baseball at Newbury Park High and is survived by his mother, a veteran, the Ventura County Star reported. Investigators are working out the details of what transpired, Dean added.

"This guy just came out of nowhere and came out with a gun and shot people in Thousand Oaks, California", Harrah said.

Authorities are expected to release the names of the victims later Thursday as police provided updates on the investigation.

Trump praised police for their "great bravery" in the California attack and said, "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims". A California Highway Patrol officer who was entering with him retreated, secured the perimeter, then pulled Helus out of the line of fire. He added that Helus was a "hard-working, dedicated Sheriff's Sergeant".