"It can happen anywhere". He touched so many people, his father said.
The shooting is the latest in a long list of mass shootings in the US. Several witnesses described the weapon used as a pistol. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out of the bar. Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene. But it had an extended magazine - one capable of holding more ammunition - that is illegal in California, Dean said. The gun was legally purchased, he added. Nine months ago, another mass shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Twelve people are tragically dead after a horrific shooting at a dance bar in Thousand Oaks, California on college night.
Police said that hundreds of people were in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks and shots were still being fired when officers arrived. He was a year away from retirement after 29 years on the job.
The shooter has not been identified, and authorities say they have not found any link to terror at this time.
Dean said Long was known to officers through a minor traffic collision and was a victim of a battery incident at a different bar.
Police said he was a heavily tattooed white male who was not carrying any form of identification, according to NBC News.
Coffman said he spoke with his son Wednesday night right before he headed to the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Once safely outside, the uninjured hugged and awaited word about those still inside.
They have not yet confirmed any motive behind the attack.
"Cody was the big brother that my kids need", he said.
The descriptions of chaos inside the club were similar to those reported during the slaughter of 49 clubgoers at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016. Long served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 to March 2013, with a deployment in Afghanistan between November 2010 and June 2011, military records show.
Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a news conference Thursday morning that 28-year-old Ian David Long approached the building with a Glock 21.45-caliber handgun. "One bar stool and straight through a window", he told reporters.
Law enforcement had several previous contacts with Long, including in April, when officers were called to a disturbance at his home, the sheriff said.
Jason Coffman displays a photo of his son Cody outside the Thousands Oaks Teene Center.
Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he has been "fully briefed on the awful shooting". The highway patrolman cleared the perimeter and pulled Helus out.
"The fact that he was the first in the door doesn't surprise me at all", sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow said Thursday. "God bless all of the victims and families of the victims".