(VIDEO) California Shooting: “The last thing I said was: “Son I love you.”

Thirteen people are dead after a gunman — who has been identified — opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly “college night” Wednesday, sending hundreds fleeing in terror, including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said.

The Ventura county sheriff has confirmed the identity of the gunman who killed 12 people at a southern California bar on Wednesday night. US marine Ian David Long shot and killed himself after opening fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill.

Jason Coffman, the father who was searching for his missing son after the mass shooting at a California bar, says his 22-year-old son was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday that one of his sergeants died trying to help others. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus went into the Borderline Bar & Grill with a California Highway Patrol officer.

“There’s no doubt that him going in, the highway patrol officer going in, helped neutralize whatever threat was going on,” Dean said. The sheriff said Helus was a 29-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

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National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)

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About Michael Mason

Local PNW boy, born and raised in Washington State! My love for country music, sports, and snowboarding knows no bounds!

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