Twelve people were killed in a late-night shooting at a California college bar Wednesday.
Students had gathered for college country night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday when shots rang out around 11 p.m. The event was for people 18 and over.
Sgt. Ron Helus
While most of the victims are yet to be identified, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean revealed one of the victims was a 29-year veteran of the force, Sgt. Ron Helus.
Helus and a colleague from the California Highway Patrol arrived at the scene within three minutes of the first calls and entered the bar, said Dean. Helus "was struck multiple times with gunfire," Dean said.
"He was hard-working, he was totally committed, he gave his all and, tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero," Dean said at a press conference early Wednesday. "He gave his life to save other people."
Helus leaves behind a wife and a son. He was hoping to retire in the "next year or so," Dean added.
A procession to honor Sgt. Helus is planned for 1 p.m. It will start at Los Robles Hospital and end at the Venture County Medical Examiner's Office, according to reports.
The attack comes less than two weeks after 11 people were killed and six others injured in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
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