A gunman barged into a large, crowded Los Angeles-area country music bar and dance hall and opened fire late Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, the sheriff’s office said.
The venue was hosting an event for college students and at least 200 young people were inside at the time of the incident, media reports said.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt Eric Buchow told the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles that there were “multiple fatalities” in the shooting and the gunman was dead inside the crowded venue in the upscale residential suburb of Thousand Oaks.
Police who responded to reports of a shooting rushed to the scene and engaged the gunman, said Kuredjian.
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A deputy sheriff is among the 12 people shot.
The incident happened at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times quoted a law enforcement official as saying at least 30 shots had been fired.
An unnamed witness told the newspaper that someone ran into the bar around 11:30 pm and started shooting what looked to be a black pistol.
“He shot a lot, at least 30 times. I could still hear gunshots after everyone left,” the Times quoted the man as saying.
(With agency inputs)