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. A sheriff’s sergeant was one of those killed. At least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles at 11.20pm local time.
Witnesses said a man fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs into the crowded bar. “It’s a horrific scene in there. There’s blood everywhere,” said Sheriff Geoff Dean “The suspect is part of that.”
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.