According to CBS News, deputies responded to the shooting at about 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday night during Borderline Bar and Grill's weekly "College Country" night, where roughly 200 people were present. The gunman was found dead inside the bar after killing 12 people, including Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus.
The latest mass shooting -- the deadliest since the Valentine's Day attack that took 17 lives in Parkland, Florida -- comes less than two weeks after a shooter killed 11 people at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Thousand Oaks tragedy falls just over a year after 58 people were killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, during Jason Aldean's set at the country music event.
On Twitter on Thursday, President Donald Trump praised law enforcement for their "great bravery."
I have been fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California. Law Enforcement and First Responders, together with the FBI, are on scene. 13 people, at this time, have been reported dead. Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar....
....Great bravery shown by police. California Highway Patrol was on scene within 3 minutes, with first officer to enter shot numerous times. That Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the hospital. God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement.
Mira Sorvino expressed that she is "devastated for the victims," before saying that "our government MUST DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS HORRIFIC GUN VIOLENCE!!!!"
I can’t even. Devastated for the victims. At a loss, but know that our government MUST DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS HORRIFIC GUN VIOLENCE!!!! #GunReformNow 12 Killed in California Shooting; Gunman Targeted Bar in Thousand Oaks - The New York Times https://t.co/9O13ZVmYLG
Carson Daly revealed that he grew up four miles away from the shooting site. "Here we go again," he lamented.
Breaks my heart. Grew up a few miles from here. #ThousandOaks is the 4th safest city it US. 11 confirmed dead now. Here we go again. God bless those affected. We tweet those words far too often. https://t.co/Q5vWpCSkyi
My God.. at least 12 dead in this latest US mass shooting, many more wounded. Young people enjoying themselves in a nightclub, in one of America's safest cities. Just horrendous. #thousandoakspic.twitter.com/wgCgVKMkzB
We are on a hamster wheel of insanity. Another day of grief. Another day of outrage. Another day of families unnecessarily learning their loved ones are dead. But, don’t worry, I remember from all of the other times we’ve done this...”guns aren’t the problem.” https://t.co/dVyvQg9Bac
Overwhelmed with sadness for Thousand Oaks and the victims of this horrific shooting. Overwhelmed with grief from how many of these messages I’ve typed out this year alone. I wish the victim’s families peace and answers in this time of tragedy.
Absolutely gutted to wake up to this news. Again. I can’t imagine the abjact pain & grief of the families who lost loved ones, including Sheriff Helus who ran in to save victims during the shooting-my heart is with you. Why do we continue to do nothing to prevent these tragedies? https://t.co/QPcQ1ufl9T
So sad about the tragedy in Thousand Oaks. So many of my friends & I have frequented that bar . We live in a world where devastation like this can happen anywhere/anytime. I’m so sorry to the victims & everyone involved. And I’m so sorry pain like this occurs 💔
My heart aches for the victims of last night’s mass shooting and their families. #Pepperdine is my alma matter. The safe place where I met my lifelong friends. We never thought twice about leaving campus to have fun. That’s no longer true. 💔💔💔 https://t.co/NCGkSZ9vjK