Sobbing father announces son's death to media in latest US mass shooting - 'Oh Cody, I love you son'

Jason Coffman sobbed today as he recalled authorities telling him that his oldest son, Cody Coffman, had been killed in the California bar shooting.

The father said he talked to his 22-year-old son yesterday just before he went to Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a country music dancehall where a former Marine opened fire last night using a smoke bomb and a handgun.

Cody Coffman was one of 11 bar patrons or employees killed in the rampage. Ian David Long, 28, also killed a police officer who was first to respond to the scene before apparently turning the gun on himself.

California shooting rampage victim Cody Coffman and his father, Jason Coffman. Source: Facebook

The elder Coffman said today he told his son not to drink and drive and that the last thing he said to him was: "I love you."

Mr Coffman said his son left behind a legacy of love and laughter and that he was the big brother that his two younger sons and soon-to-be-born daughter needed. He was "on his way to fulfilling his dream" of serving his country in the US military, the grieving father added.

"My first born son. Cody. Only he and I know how much I love, how much I miss," he told reporters during a press conference, "Oh son, I love you so much. Oh heavenly father, please be with him...Oh Cody, I love you son."

The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, who also died in the attack. Source: Breakfast

Cody Coffman, 22, was one of 12 people killed yesterday as a former Marine opened fire on patrons at the country music bar. Source: Associated Press