13 dead in California bar shooting

13 dead in California bar shooting

13 dead in California bar shooting

Twelve people, including a sheriff's deputy, were killed after a gunman opened fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, authorities confirmed early Thursday.

"There is blood everywhere", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

It was college night at Borderline, and the restaurant was filled with young people, including some from nearby California Lutheran University and from Pepperdine University in Malibu. Sheriff's Captain Garo Kuredjian said a SWAT team and officers from the Ventura and Simi Valley police departments converged on the scene, combing the area around the Borderline in search of the gunman in case he had fled the restaurant.

Several people from inside the bar told TV stations that a tall man wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered first shot at a person working the door, then opened fire, seemingly at random, at the people inside.

Matt Wennerstron, a 20 year old college student and regular at the bar, said the shooter fired a short-barreled pistol that apparently had a 10-15 round magazine.

At least 11 people, including a police officer, have been injured after a gunman forced his way into a popular bar in the USA state of California and opened fire. "There were people hiding in attics.It's a horrific scene in there".


Other customers scrambled to find safety in other parts of the bar. "There were probably 12 shots before I got out the front door". Police told The Los Angeles Times that about 30 shots were fired.

Witnesses described a scene of panic in the bar when the gunman started firing.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", Dean said, "and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives".

"He shot a lot, at least 30 times".

Holden Harrah, who witnessed the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, said he was inside the bar with friends, something he does every week.

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