Thousand Oaks shooting: Multiple people injured by ‘active shooter’ in California
At least 11 people have been injured in a shooting at a bar hosting an event for college students in California.
A gunman reportedly used smoke grenades before firing into the crowd at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 11.20pm local time.
A police officer was among at least 11 injured, Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspect, described as a bearded man wearing a black trench coat and mask covering his face, was confirmed dead after being “engaged and neutralised” by police, Andrew Fox, mayor of Thousand Oaks, said.
Mr Kuredjian added that there was no longer a threat to people living nearby after earlier saying the shooter may still be on the loose in what was “a very active scene”.
Local TV station ABC7 reported at least one person had been killed, citing helicopter footage from the scene.
Authorities are yet to confirm any deaths and the extent of the victims’ injuries has not yet been released.
Witnesses said the gunman shot a security guard standing at the door of the bar before entering the building and throwing “smoke grenades all over the place”.
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A female cashier was said to be among the injured after the gunman starting firing.
Several witnesses told ABC 7 the man was armed with a handgun. Others reported seeing a high-capacity magazine or “uzi-style” weapon.
At least 30 shots were fired before people inside the bar began using chairs to smash windows to escape, the witness said. Police said “hundreds” were inside when the shooting took place and the number of injured was likely to rise.
Teylor Whittler, 19, was on the dance floor when the shooting started. She said: “I heard the gunshot, turned around and saw him shoot a couple more times.
“Within a split second everyone yelled ‘get down’. I ran to where the back door is, and everyone dog-piled on top of each other. It was silent for a couple of seconds and then all of a sudden a couple of guys started running to the back door and said ‘get up he’s coming’.
“It was a huge panic, everyone tried getting up, and some guy came behind me, lifted me up and said ‘let’s go’. I got a bar stool thrown at my head because they were trying to use it to get out.”
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,” he told KABC-TV.
Video showed casualties being carried away from the bar by members of the public and the emergency services.
Bomb squad and FBI teams have been called to the area and Swat units are in place although authorities said the bar was now safe to enter for emergency services.
Several people who hid in the attic of the building during the shooting were escorted out by police. Emergency services were seen searching the roof of the building.
Earlier, Ventura County Fire Department issued a statement saying: “Ongoing active shooter incident reported at Borderline in Thousand Oaks.
“Please stay away from area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined. Multiple ambulances requested.”
The website for Borderline bar showed that Wednesday nights are College Country Nights that last from 9 pm until 2am.
Thousand Oaks, a wealthy city home to several colleges and universities, is ranked as one of America’s safest cities by the FBI.
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