Father, Between Sobs, Announces Oldest Son Was Killed in California Mass Shooting: ‘This Is So Hard’

(PEOPLE) In obvious agony, the father of one of the victims in Wednesday night’s mass shooting at a California bar announced his death to the world.

“His name was Cody Coffman, my firstborn son,” Jason Coffman told reporters Thursday morning.

About 12 hours earlier a gunman burst into the crowded Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks and opened fire, killing at least 12 — including a responding sheriff’s sergeant — and injuring approximately a dozen others.

The gunman was found dead at the scene of an apparent suicide.

His voice choked with tears, Jason, 40, spoke with reporters not long after learning his son’s fate.

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