THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - When the first shots were fired at Borderline Bar & Grill, David Anderson immediately knew he was in the middle of a mass shooting. He had lived through one last year. Anderson survived the attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas in October 2017 that left 58 people dead. On Wednesday, he again survived a gunman indiscriminately firing at people enjoying country music, this time at college night at a well-loved bar. Twelve people were killed. Numerous Borderline regulars attended, and survived, the Las Vegas shooting.
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Gunfire still crackled at the Borderline Bar & Grill when Sgt. Ron Helus arrived. Emergency calls flooded 911 after a gunman entered the Thousand Oaks, California, bar on Wednesday night, and he methodically killed people on a dance floor scuffed by cowboy boots at college country night, witnesses later said. Within minutes, Helus, a veteran sergeant with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, responded to the calls along with a highway patrolman. They were prompted by their training that changed after the Columbine High School massacre: Don't wait. Confront the shooter.