Americans Demanding Change After Trump Offers “Thoughts And Prayers” To California Shooting Victims

Twelve people were gunned down in a shooting at a favorite bar in Los Angeles, authorities explained.

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The gunman, who was dressed in all black, fired upon the crowded Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, a beloved hangout for college students, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We have no idea if there is a terrorism link or not,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean informed reporters early Thursday.

He labeled the mass shooting a “horrific incident.”

“This community in my 41 years had never experienced anything like this,” he cotinuned.

Dean had identified a sergeant had been slain during the shooting,  Ron Helus a 29-year law enforcement veteran.

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“Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero. He went in to save lives, to save other people,” he said.

A witness informed ABC7 in Los Angeles that the gunman had walked up to the bar’s entrance, shot a security guard and a cashier, and tossed a smoke bomb.

“I just started hearing these big pops,” explained witness, John Hedge, of Moorpark, California “The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place.”

Authorities informed reporters, however, that they have yet to uncovered evidence of a smoke bomb.

“We have called in our bomb team to go through and a couple of bomb dogs here that are checking the area,” Dean said. “But we haven’t found any other explosive device or confirmation there that there was a smoke device.”

President Trump explained in a morning tweet that he had been “fully briefed” on the “terrible” shooting, and followed up in a subsequent post that police had displayed “great bravery.”

“God bless all of the victims and families of the victims,” he said.

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