A gunman shot at least 11 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, inside a country-and-western bar and dance club in Southern California on Wednesday night, authorities said.
Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said at a news conference early Thursday that the wounded sheriff’s deputy was taken to a hospital. He could not immediately provide information on the extent of the victims’ injuries or if any others had been hospitalized.
“We don’t feel that the shooter has left the bar and grill. We don’t feel that’s there a threat to the public right now,” Kuredjian said, adding that the number of people shot could change.
Kuredjian said hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 64 kilometres west of Los Angeles. He said that first reports of shots fired came at 11:20 p.m. local time, and shots were still being fired when deputies arrived.
The shooting reportedly occurred at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.(Google Maps)
It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website.
Witnesses told ABC News that a man fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs and starting to fire again.
Nick Steinwender, student body president at nearby California Lutheran University, rushed to the scene when he heard about a shooting at the bar where he knew friends and fellow students were inside.
“It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, people hopping over gates to get out” Steinwender told KABC-TV.
He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in bathrooms and the attic of the bar.
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