At­tacker & cop among 13 killed in shoot­ing in­side South Cal­i­for­nia bar

At least 12 peo­ple were killed af­ter shooter opened fire in­side Border­line Bar and Grill in Cal­i­for­nia

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AGUNMAN has opened fire at a coun­try mu­sic bar dur­ing a stu­dent night in the city of Thou­sand Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia, killing 12 peo­ple and in­jur­ing sev­eral be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self. The shooter stormed the Border­line Bar and Grill wear­ing a black trench­coat armed with a pis­tol equipped with an ex­tended mag­a­zine and smoke grenades and be­gan tar­get­ing peo­ple as young as 18.

A Ven­tura County deputy sher­iff was among the de­ceased. An ad­di­tional ‘10 to 15’ vic­tims were in­jured dur­ing the mass shoot­ing, in­clud­ing a door­man, a young fe­male cashier and col­lege stu­dents. The per­pe­tra­tor, dressed in all-black, wear­ing a base­ball cap, sun­glasses and a mask cover- ing the bot­tom part of his face, walked up to the en­trance at 11.20pm and shot the door­man be­fore mak­ing his way into the venue. He then opened fire on a young fe­male cashier be­fore throw­ing smoke grenades onto the dance­floor and let­ting off rounds into the crowd.

First re­spon­ders from the Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and High­way Pa­trol ar­rived at 11.23pm and got into a gun­fight with the sus­pect, dur­ing which a deputy sher­iff was shot and later died from his in­juries.

Sev­eral min­utes later a SWAT team ar­rived and found 11 vic­tims dead in­side. The sus­pect was also found life­less af­ter ap­par­ently turn­ing the gun on him­self.

Of­fi­cials said the at­tack was planned and re­ports of use of smoke grenades were ‘cred­i­ble’.

“There were ‘at least 200 peo­ple’ in­side the bar tonight when the gun­man opened fire”, po­lice said, and the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties is ‘very likely’ to go up. One wit­ness told ABC7: “I was at the front door talk­ing to my step­dad. I heard th­ese big pops. There were three or four and I hit the ground. The se­cu­rity guard was dead and the man had a hand­gun. He threw in smoke bombs and he kept fir­ing. Peo­ple threw chairs out of the win­dows to try to get away. The gun­man had glasses and a black jacket. He had a big hand gun.”

A Ven­tura County Sher­iff's Of­fice of­fi­cial said ap­prox­i­mately 30 shots had been fired in­side the build­ing.

Wit­nesses re­ported a hor­ri­fy­ing scene as gun­fire echoed through the club and those in­side ran for cover, in some cases break­ing win­dows with chairs and other pieces of fur­ni­ture to get out of the build­ing.

Lo­cal hospi­tals have been in­un­dated with vic­tims who’ve trans­ported them­selves to emer­gency rooms with in­juries seek­ing med­i­cal help.

PHO­TOS:REUTERS

An ad­di­tional ‘10 to 15’ vic­tims were in­jured dur­ing the mass shoot­ing, in­clud­ing a door­man, a young fe­male cashier and col­lege stu­dents on Wed­nes­day night in Cal­i­for­nia.

First re­spon­ders from the Ven­tura County Sher­iff's Of­fice and High­way Pa­trol got into a gun­fight with the sus­pect.

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