Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing: gun­man kills 12 at Thou­sand Oaks western bar

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Twelve peo­ple were shot and killed when a gun­man opened fire in a crowded coun­try and western bar in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, po­lice have said.

The gun­man is also dead, said sher­iff Sgt Eric Buschow of Ven­tura County. A sher­iff’s sergeant was one of those killed.

“It’s a hor­rific scene in there. There’s blood ev­ery­where,” said Sher­iff Ge­off Dean. “The sus­pect is part of that.”

Dean said oth­ers within the bar at the time of the shoot­ing were cur­rently be­ing in­ter­viewed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

At least 30 shots were fired at the Bor­der­line Bar amp; Grill in Thou­sand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los An­ge­les, with the first re­ports com­ing in at 11.20pm lo­cal time.

Wit­nesses said a man fired sev­eral shots from a hand­gun be­fore toss­ing smoke bombs into the crowded bar.

Dean said sher­iff ’s sergeant Ron Helus re­sponded to the scene and was shot after he en­tered the build­ing. He died at a hos­pi­tal early on Thurs­day. Au­thor­i­ties did not say how the gun­man died.

Dean says around 10 other peo­ple were shot and wounded. No other in­for­ma­tion on the vic­tims was im­me­di­ately known.

The bar’s web­site says its hosts “Col­lege Coun­try Night” ev­ery Wed­nes­day. Po­lice said hun­dreds were in­side when the shoot­ing oc­curred.

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