...gun­man fired at a bar packed with col­lege stu­dents in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA - AT least 13 peo­ple died, in­clud­ing a sher­iff's sergeant and the gun­man, af­ter a shoot­ing in­side a bar packed with col­lege stu­dents in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the Ven­tura County sher­iff's of­fice said.

Ven­tura County Sher­iff Ge­off Dean said yes­ter­day sher­iff's sergeant Ron Helus re­sponded to the scene and was shot af­ter he en­tered the build­ing in Thou­sand Oaks. He died at a hos­pi­tal early yes­ter­day.

Au­thor­i­ties did not say how the gun­man died.

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

Ven­tura County Sher­iff's Of­fice Cap­tain Garo Kured­jian said the first re­ports of shots fired came around 11:20pm at the Border­line Bar & Grill in Thou­sand Oaks, which is about 50km west of Los An­ge­les.

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

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds, re­port­ing from Wash­ing­ton, DC, said the bar was packed with col­lege stu­dents be­fore the gun­man forced his way in.

"The gun­man used an au­to­matic weapon and also threw in some sort of smoke bombs into the crowd in the club," he said.

Po­lice had told the Los An­ge­les Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Border­line Bar & Grill in Thou­sand Oaks.

An un­named source told re­porters that a vic­tim man­aged to es­cape through the win­dow of the bar.

"He told us how he broke a cou­ple of win­dows and him and his friends helped push women out to save them first.

His hand was cut up and he has blood on his face. His friend was shot in the shoul­der," the wit­ness said. The ex­tent of the vic­tims' in­juries has not yet been re­leased. Law en­force­ment and emer­gency crews were flood­ing the scene.

Au­thor­i­ties urged the pub­lic to avoid the area.

IN­JURED: An in­jured man who ap­pears to have been shot is rushed to safety at the Border­line Bar and Grill.

(Daily Mail)

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Wit­nesses (pic­tured shar­ing a blan­ket af­ter es­cap­ing the tragedy) had to use chairs to smash the win­dows of the bar to es­cape.

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