Thousand Oaks: At least 13 shot at California bar shooting


International desk, November 08: A sheriff says 13 people are dead, including a sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday.

Reports say the shooting began at about 23:20 local time on Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill about 40 miles (65km) north-west of Los Angeles.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. He died at a hospital early Thursday.

Authorities did not say how the gunman died.

Dean says around 10 other people were shot and wounded. No other information on the victims was immediately known.

Officials have confirmed the suspect is dead inside the venue, but warned the number of victims may still rise.

Reports say at least 200 people were inside the bar attending a college country music night at the time.

Footage broadcast on local media shows people being carried away from the scene, apparently with bullet wounds.

Witnesses have described a scene of panic in the bar. Dozens of shots were reportedly fired by the suspect.

People used chairs to break windows to escape, while others sheltered inside toilets.

Reports say the suspect may have used smoke grenades and at least one gun during the attack.

Source: News Agencies