A gunman barged into a large, crowded Los Angeles area country music bar and dance hall and opened fire late Wednesday, killing at least 11 people, the sheriff’s office said.
The venue was hosting an event for college students and possibly several hundred young people were inside, said Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff’s office.
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.
#OaksInc: Ongoing active shooter incident reported at Borderline in @CityofTO . Please stay away from area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined. Multiple ambulances requested. @VCFD pic.twitter.com/4X3b8KMisc
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) November 8, 2018
A deputy sheriff is among the 11 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.