They could be counted on to be wearing plaid, boots, cowboy hats, and if they were women, short shorts.
Dean said Long was armed with a single handgun, a.45 caliber Glock 21, which he purchased legally.
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By the end of the violent spree, 11 people were dead.
Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman arrived around 11:20 p.m.in response to several 911 calls, heard gunfire and went inside, the sheriff said.
Another of those phones belonged to missing Pepperdine University freshman Alaina Housley, 18.
The shooter was found dead inside, authorities said.
"Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff's sergeant", said Dean, trying to hold back tears. "We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time".
He trailed off, sobbing, then said, "Oh, Cody, I love you, son".
"I screamed to him, 'There's a shooter in there!' He was kind of in disbelief, then saw that I was serious", Knapp said.
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He worked at a Camarillo moving company called Attention to Detail.
Cody Coffman father, Jason, told CBS2 that Cody went to the bar every Wednesday night to line dance. The tribute described him as an "encouraging soul, always smiling and so happy all the time". "We know Cody's heart and he sacrificed his own life, to protect the ones around him".
The victims' stories began to emerge Thursday as officials were still reaching out to their families. "He went in to save lives, to save other people", the sherriff said. He died a hero.
Meek, who is a promoter of the college country night at the Borderline Bar & Grill, was at the dance hall with his younger sister.
A police officer who tried to enter during the shooting was also shot, and transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Profile pictures from Helus' Facebook page, now memorialized, show he had a love for the outdoors and fishing.
Asante Sefa-Boakye, a longtime friend, referred to Meek as a "teddy bear" who loved country music.
He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in bathrooms and the attic of the bar. "There's a lot of heartbreak here over the loss of such a warm spirit".
"This is not going to be easy for our family for a very long time", he said.
The killer was identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former machine gunner and veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was interviewed by police at his home last spring after an episode of agitated behavior that they were told might be post-traumatic stress disorder.
"It was just refreshing to see someone so gung-ho and wanting to do his job well", Mayorga said.