Suspected shooter reports at California mall; dead at this time

A suspected shooter was reported inside a shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, California, on Friday evening. As police attempted to assess the situation, a SWAT team responded. “Allahu akbar,” an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer hollered from his vehicle during the standoff with armed suspects.

The suspect in the mall shooting was a gunman who fired into the crowd, killing four. Police reported he was armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a handgun. According to CNN, the victim of the shooting was identified as Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was shot multiple times while responding to the shooting. According to NBC News, Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, died from his injuries. He was married and had a son and daughter. Two other people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There is a structure involved in the active shooter incident at the intersection of Moorpark and Newbury lanes and the city does not want to hinder the investigation but will strictly enforce a no-parking sign to keep residents from being near the area. View the second photo from inside the scene, which is the crowded parking lot of the mall below:

Front & rear parking lots of Thousand Oaks Town Center. pic.twitter.com/ykJSPl3ufC — Alex Veiga (@AlexVeiga) November 16, 2018

There are no reports of injuries on the mall’s property at this time. The FBI reportedly responded to assist the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department during the situation, which took place just a short drive from the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which was the scene of a mass shooting in October. Earlier this year, the Woolsey Fire burned over 100 structures and destroyed more than 1,000 structures in Ventura County.

According to the Ventura County Star, officials asked residents in the area to shelter in place but to leave their homes before “critical mass” set in. Emergency officials said the evacuation was at a precaution, and urged residents to text “VACANSF” to 888777 to receive more information.

Read the full story at ABC News.

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