At least 13 people were killed and 10 injured in a shooting in a bar in Southern California late on Wednesday. The incident took place at the Borderline Bar & Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks, Ventura County.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean confirmed the fatalities, AP reported. The gunman was among the 13 killed, he said, adding that Sergeant Ron Helus, who had responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building, died in hospital.
There is no information on the identity of the shooter yet, and it is unclear whether he was shot dead by authorities, or whether he killed himself.
Reports said there were around a 100 patrons inside the nightclub when the shooting began. The bar was hosting its weekly “College Country Night” when the incident was reported around 11.20 pm.
The Los Angeles Times quoted a law enforcement official as saying that at least 30 shots were fired inside the bar.
Police officers are working to secure the scene of crime amid reports of “multiple injuries”, the Ventura County Fire Department had said earlier. “Please stay away from the area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined. Multiple ambulances requested.”
#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
Law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders, along with several ambulances, additional units from the California Highway Patrol, Simi Valley and the FBI, reached the spot soon after the shooting was reported. Gunshots were heard even as officers were responding to the incident.