California bar shooting victims include 22-year-old who wanted to join Armed Forces
Details about the 12 people killed after a gunman entered a California bar and opened fire Wednesday night are beginning to emerge.
Police say 29-year-old Ian David Long fired randomly into a crowd at Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks before they suspect he died by suicide.
There is no known motive for the shooting, but officials say Long was a former U.S. Marine who may have suffered from PTSD.
The victims of the shooting included multiple students from nearby Pepperdine University, as it was college night at the bar.
The security guard at the bar, who was unarmed, was shot during the incident.
A police officer who tried to enter during the shooting was also shot, and transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Here’s what we know about the victims of the attack.
Cody Coffman, 22
Cody Coffman was killed during the shooting, his father Jason Coffman told reporters Thursday afternoon.
Coffman was in the process of applying for the Armed Forces, Jason said.
“Last thing I said was, ‘son, I love you.’ That’s the last thing I said,” he said, choking back tears.
“The companionship that I had with my son, the companionship he had with his two brothers, this will crush them.”
Jason said Cody will leave behind a legacy of love, and laughter.
Cody Coffman has been identified as one of the victims of the California bar shooting.
Sgt. Ron Helus
Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office was hit by gunfire as he entered the bar to help. He was pulled out of the bar and transported to hospital, where he later died.
He is survived by his wife and adult son.
Sheriff Geoff Dean called Helus a “hero” and colleagues called him a smart and energetic officer.
“Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant,” Dean said. “He gave his all.”
Helus loved to go fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his son, according to Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, who worked with him for 29 years.
Helus was a 29-year police veteran with a wife and son who was looking to retire in the next year.
*With files from Josh Elliot
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