A 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran killed 12 people when he opened fire inside a busy bar in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday before killing himself and sending at least 15 others to the hospital with injuries.
The mass tragedy, which claimed police officer Sgt. Ron Helus and at least one survivor of the Las Vegas massacre among its victims, is the latest in 307 mass shootings that have occurred in the US so far in 2018.
No motive has been released by investigators.
Here’s how the attack unfolded:
A man police later identified as 28-year old Ian Long drove his mother’s car from nearby suburb Newbury Park to the Borderline Bar and Grill, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The bar was holding its weekly college night.
The western-themed bar was reportedly popular among students from nearby universities including California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands, Pepperdine University, and Moorpark College.
Around 11:20 p.m. PT, Long approached the building and began shooting.
Long was reportedly dressed in all black and carrying a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun as he approached the building.
After shooting a security guard outside, Long stepped inside to shoot several employees and opened fire inside the busy bar, shooting into a crowd of about 40 people on the dance floor.
Patrons reportedly hid under pool tables and used furniture to break windows and escape outside, some jumping from the second story.
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