The Borderline Bar is popular with students and was hosting a line-dancing night when the attack happened.
On Wednesday night, students gathered for college country night held between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to the bar's website.
"He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price", he said. Some jumped through windows while others hid in restrooms.
"We have had several contacts with Mr Long over the years, minor events, a traffic collision", Dean told a news conference.
They found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman who apparently took his own life, the sheriff said.
Witnesses said bar patrons used chairs and bar stools to smash windows in an attempt to help people escape the bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday night.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran with a wife and son, was shot and killed inside.
Sunny Leon was at the back of the dance floor, and initially thought it was fireworks initially, she said.
Hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks when Long, armed with an uzi, unleashed a terrifying barrage of smoke bombs before opening fire and killing 12 people, leaving "blood everywhere". Because I was against the wall, I was OK. He said he had assumed Long must be getting treatment of some kind.
Australian Tristan Appleby was inside when the unthinkable unfolded.
"Luckily, he didn't come my way", Appleby said. "It's 'what can I do to protect as many of my friends as possible'".
Young Sydney footballer Tristan Appleby was inside the California bar where a gunman shot 11 people. He kept his eye on the gunman and when he paused to reload, he whispered to others that it was time to dash to the exit.
"I already didn't wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time", Kelly said the Associated Press interview. "Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground", John Hedge told CNN affiliate KABC.
Jake Dunham, 21. He was friends with Dingman. When the gunman burst in, her friend, Cody Coffman, yelled for her to get down.
The sheriff said Helus told her, "Hey I gotta go handle a call".
Berge, who took care of Long's mother's dogs, said she told him following that incident she anxious her son might take his own life but did not fear he would hurt her. "I don't sit in a room with my back to the door". She got out through the front entrance - the same one the shooter stormed through moments before -- tumbled down in the parking lot, got up and kept running. Right now - so that no one else goes through this. "I didn't know what to do".
On the evening of November 7, a gunman identified as Ian David Long, an ex-Marine and combat vet, entered the bar armed with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun and opened fire on a crowd of more than 150 people, killing 13.
Kuredjian confirmed that a police officer was shot and had been taken to hospital. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The highway patrolman cleared the perimeter and pulled Helus out, and then waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived.
Ventura county sheriff Geoff Dean said sheriff's deputies were called to Long's home in Newbury Park, five miles west of Thousand Oaks, in April 2018. PD is working to secure scene.
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