UPDATE A police officer was among 13 dead, including the gunman, at a shooting in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
Right before Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus rushed into the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night to respond to reports of a mass shooting, he called his wife. He says Helus was later declared dead at a hospital.
The bar was holding its regular "College Country Nights" on Wednesday night when the gunman dressed in black opened fire inside the bar. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.
Helus was married with a grown son and took up fly-fishing a few years ago, Sergeant Buschow said.
The 28-year-old left as a corporal in March 2013 and recently was living with his mother in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks.
"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", Mr Dean said.
"Sgt. Helus will be transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to westbound Janss Road", the department said in a statement.
He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in toilets and the attic of the bar.
Authorities said the suspect has been shot dead.
Nick Steinwender, who is part of the university's student government, said his friends were inside the bar when the shooting started.
Pepperdine University freshman Alaina Housley, 18, was at the bar with several friends for a night of line dancing.
An injured man told local television channel KTLA: "We just dropped to the ground, we heard a lot of screaming".
"But unfortunately, you go into the unknown, you know there's shots being fired, obviously the suspect was in there and ready for him, " he said.
He said first responders arrived just three minutes after the first emergency calls from the venue were made.
"I screamed to him, 'There's a shooter in there!' He was kind of in disbelief, then saw that I was serious", Knapp said.
"I can't tell you what the status of any of those that were shot is at this point", said Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian.
A neighbour, who would only identify himself by his last name, Mr Hanson, said Long lived with his mother.
"It was really, really, really shocking", she told KABC-TV.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office announced that a procession will be held for Helus at 10:00 a.m. today.