Fund launched to help mass shooting victims' families as some victims are identified

In this image taken from video a victim is treated near the scene of a shooting, Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" in Southern California, killing multiple people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene. (RMG News via AP)

The names of 12 people gunned down and killed inside a crowded bar in California started being revealed Thursday afternoon as families got the tragic news about their loved ones.

A 23-year-old recent college grad was identified as one of the dozen people killed in the mass shooting at a Southern California bar. California Lutheran University said in a statement that the family of recent graduate Justin Meek says he is among the dead.

A gunman attacked Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday during a country music dance night.

Other victims identified earlier are 22-year-old Cody Coffman, whose father says he was about to join the Army, and Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who was shot multiple times in an exchange of gunfire with the attacker.

Authorities say the gunman, 28-year-old Ian David Long, also was found dead. He is believed to have killed himself.

Community leaders in Thousand Oaks, California, have established a fund to aid victims of the mass shooting that killed a dozen people at the local bar.

Officials on Thursday announced the establishment of the Conejo Valley Victims Fund. It was launched with a $100,000 donation from the locally based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and $250,000 from the Amgen biotechnology company, which is headquartered in Thousand Oaks.

The fund is being administered through the Ventura County Community Foundation and can be found on its website at https://vccf.org/

Officials say 100 percent of the funds donated will go to aid victims' families.

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