WASHINGTON – Following the news of a deadly shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), issued the following statement:

“Our nation woke this morning to the news of a tragedy in California.  This act of violence took the lives of at least 12 innocent people, including Sergeant Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office – a hero who rushed to protect the innocent, without thought for self.  My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims and the Thousand Oaks community.  May God heal this community from this act of violence.”