A witness named Matt told ABC’s local affiliate that he helped others at risk to himself out of “instinct.”
“All I did was grab as many people as I could and pulled them underneath the table and then I heard a break in the shots and we got people out of there as much as we could,” said Matt — wearing a blood-stained shirt — recalling his breaking of glass windows with a barstool to assist people with escape.
Matt recalled seeing patrons assist the wounded, “When we were going back to grab more people, someone was being pulled out with a chest wound and the guys carrying him were tired, and so we took over and carried him to the paramedics.
Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office near retirement, was killed after entering the bar to stop the attacker.
He gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people,” said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.